Roast Duck with Apple Dressing

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Roast Duck with Apple Dressing: (Serves 4)

(For Kidney yin vacuity)


1 (4 pound) whole duck
Pepper to taste
1-teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons chopped onion
5 stalks celery, chopped
3 cups peeled, cored and chopped apple
3 cups cornbread crumbs
1-tablespoon olive oil


Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Rinse duck and pat dry, rub with pepper and poultry seasoning. Melt better in a small skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions and celery in butter until tender. In a medium bowl, combine with apple and cornbread crumbs. Mix together to make dressing (if necessary, add a little water to moisten). Fill the duck’s cavity with dressing and sew shut with kitchen twine. Rub outside of bird lightly with olive oil, and place in a shallow roasting pan or 9×13 inch-baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 60-80 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.

Analysis of Recipe:

Duck Neutral to cooling, sweet, slightly salty, supplements qi, blood, and yin, moistens dryness, nourishes kidney and lung, relieves edema
Pepper Warming to hot, very acrid, enriches yang, expels cold
Butter Neutral to cool, sweet, supplements blood, qi, moistens
Onion Warming, acrid, sweet, moves qi, loosens phlegm, promotes sweating, diuretic
Celery Cooling, slightly salty and bitter, cools stomach and liver heat, loosens qi stagnation, tonifies kidneys, stops bleeding, strengthens spleen and stomach, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood
Apple Neutral to cooling, sweet, slightly sour, remedies diarrhea, strengthens heart, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates lungs, resolves mucus
Olive Oil Cooling, sweet, moistens, anti-inflammatory

Overall this recipe is intended to supplement kidney yin. The main ingredient, which is duck, is said to tonify yin as well as qi and blood. The celery and apple are neutral to cooling, which is one of the recommendations for supplementing kidney yin.