How to Debone Duck Legs for Stuffing

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How to Debone Duck Legs for Stuffing

If you want to remove the thigh bone from duck legs (actually “leg-thigh combos”) to leave a cavity for stuffing, here’s the technique:

1

Turn the duck leg over (skin side down). Pull the excess skin and fat away from the edge of the leg and cut it off.

2

Follow the line of the thigh bone with your boning knife, cutting through the flesh to expose the bone.

3

Slip the knife under the bone, near the knuckle at the body-side of the bone, and cut outwards to free the knuckle.

4

With the blade of your knife under the bone, scrape down from this cut towards the thigh-leg junction while pulling the bone up. This should free the bone up to the joint.

5

Twist the thigh bone to pop the leg-thigh joint open.

6

Cut into the joint and through the gap with your knife to free & remove the bone.

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