Ducks - a tasty solution

Since there are many good recipes including ducks available locally, we advise people to eat them rather than insure them.

Duck Confit (confit de canard)

Serves 8:

  • 16 duck legs
  • 2 kg of chicken/duck/goose fat
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley, thyme and rosemary
  • 1 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp of coarse salt
  • 1tbsp of granulated sugar

Preparation

Trim the duck legs of excess fat and rub with the coarse salt and the chopped herbs. Place in a tray over an absorbent towel and cover. Leave overnight.

In a tall pot, melt the fat at low/medium heat. Strain and filter.

Install a low bowl or a plate upside down at the bottom of the pot and place the duck legs in the pot. The duck legs should never be less than a couple of inches above the bottom of the pot. Make sure also that they are completely submerged.

Gently poach at low heat (90 C) for approximately three hours. A higher heat would turn the process into deep frying. The duck legs must be so tender that you could drive a cardboard match through its flesh. Be careful not to overcook as it would fall apart.

Place in a bowl or other container and pour the fat on top to seal it from the air. Refrigerate. The fat will probably crack when solidifying. Top with a little melted fat. The dish is now preserved and can be kept for a week.

To serve, extract the legs gently from the fat without breaking them, and roast or broil in a hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes until the skin is crispy.

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