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I'm thinking of roasting some duck legs on a bed of plums, much like the recipe here does with breast. However, it suggests simply blending the bed of plums once the roasting is over - will legs produce too much additional fat to do this?

I was also thinking of adding in additional spices similar to this to the roasting dish, and reducing the resultant sauce down afterwards to make it nice thick and sticky. Will that work? What's the best way to keep the legs warm while I reduce the sauce down? I imagine it'll take a little while.

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Duck generally has a considerable amount of fat, so there will probably be a good deal of fat in the pan drippings.

That's not going to be a problem if you just blend the plums themselves; they're already full of water (i.e. juice), so they're not going to actually absorb a significant amount of the fat, they just might have a little fat film on the part that was touching the pan, which you can brush or wipe off. I personally wouldn't bother, just toss 'em right in.

Just don't throw the pan drippings in the blender with the plums, because those will be chock-full of fat and you'll end up with a very cloudy and greasy sauce. Instead, very carefully pour off the fat (but not the juices!) from the pan, or better yet, while you're blending the plums, pass the drippings through a fat separator (AKA gravy separator). Also be sure to deglaze the pan if you see any burned-on bits, because those will add a ton of flavour.

Then combine the blended plums and the fond (meat juices and deglazed bits) and reduce it. You can and should reduce it to thicken it - that's how most pan sauces are made.

As for keeping the meat hot - you should be able to reduce the sauce fairly quickly since there isn't much in it that will burn at higher temperatures, but if that's still not quick enough, then I would just cover the meat and pan with foil and keep it in a warm (150° F / 65° C) oven. Leave the lid to your oven open while you start preparing the sauce so that the temperature can come down to "warm" quicker.

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very helpful, thank you! –  RYFN Dec 4 '10 at 18:17
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A turkey baster is a great tool to use when trying to remove fat from drippings. –  Mrs. Garden Dec 4 '10 at 21:55
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