duck fest 2010 continued with a dish i've read about and eaten a zillion times but never tried myself - duck confit !
it's old school. and delicious!!
i made a rub of salt, pepper, fresh thyme and a couple of bay leaves. i rubbed down the duck legs and wings, wrapped 'em up tight and put in the fridge.
they sat in the "salt cure" for two days and then on the third i rinsed 'em, dried 'em and seared 'em.
mmm! nice, brown and crispy!
then the duck went into my single woman's dutch oven -
nice and snug.
and now for the best part - the fat! i added all that wonderful fat i rendered earlier - enough to cover the duck - and put it in the oven.
and here it is after a couple of hours.
after the duck confit cooled i covered the pot and stuck it in the fridge. the duck, submerged in the fat, will last for quite some time. like months!
we couldn't wait that long but we did manage to wait a whole week!
i took the dutch oven outta the fridge as soon as i got home from work and let it sit on the counter for several hours. once the fat melted enough i removed the duck and rubbed off the salty, fatty goop before roasting it on a rack in the oven for about 20 minutes. this made the skin nice and crispy. mmm.
i served the duck confit straight up with a side of baby potatoes (roasted in duck fat of course!) and a swiss chard gratin.
practice makes perfect so i'll have to give this one another go. it was pretty salty. too salty. my salt cure was either too potent or it sat on the duck for too long. next time - less salt.
another lesson learned.
good thing i have another duck in the freezer!