Friendsgiving is the perfect excuse to experiment with turkey alternatives witho't feeling totally sacrilegious, and pardon my ego but this is the best damn whole bird you will ever serve your guests. Not only is the presentation Ina Garten levels of impressive, but as the cook, you will be rewarded with a hefty reserve of rendered duck fat for future consumption. Don’t let the four-hour cook time intimidate you; the majority of work is done by your oven.
Slow-Roasted Duck with Duck Fat Potatoes
4-5 pounds whole duck
2-3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks
6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed