Wash a 4-5 pound duck and pat dry. Rub inside and
out with salt, marjoram, and (optional) 1 bud mashed garlic. Place in covered container
and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
Peel, core, and cut into quarters 2-2 1/2 pounds
apples or enough to fill the duck's cavity. Sew up. Place duck on rack in roasting pan and
roast in pre-heated 450 degree Fahrenheit oven 10 minutes. Reduce to 350 degrees
Fahrenheit and roast 80 minutes to 2 hours or until fork tender.
Sprinkle with about 1
Tablespoon water at start of roasting and puncture with fork at intervals to release fat.
Baste occasionally with pan drippings. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes. Stewed red or
white cabbage or braised beets are typical accompaniments.