Classic duck confit

Classic duck confit

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From
Slow
Serves
4
Photographer
Tara Fisher

The word ‘confit’ refers to the method of cooking meats such as chicken, pork, goose or duck in their own fat and keeping them covered in the same fat to prevent them from coming into contact with the air. It has been used as a method of preserving meat for hundreds of years, and the same technique is used in many restaurants today. They may use water baths, plastic bags and digital thermometers, but the process is still the same. I believe there are few chefs, even those with two or three Michelin stars, who can cook a confit of duck better than a French grandmother using a cassoulet dish. That’s proper food.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 duck legs
15g salt per kg of duck legs
2-3 fresh thyme sprigs
500g duck fat
4 tablespoons clear honey

Method

  1. First, weigh the duck legs. This is the most important part, as doing so will tell you how much salt is needed to cure them. Once weighed, put them in a roasting tin. Pick the leaves from the thyme and sprinkle the duck with 15g salt per kilogram of duck, and the thyme leaves. Wrap with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 12 hours.
  2. The next day, remove the duck from the tin, rinse off the salt and dry with a clean tea towel. Place in a large pan, add the duck fat and cook slowly at a very gentle simmer in the fat for about 1½ hours – you will see that the meat has shrunk away from the bone. Do not allow the fat to boil. Once cooked, turn off the heat and allow the duck to cool in the fat. At this point it can be kept in the fridge, covered with fat, for up to 1 week.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Scrape the fat off the duck legs and place in a roasting tin. Smear the honey over the duck. Roast the legs in the oven for about 20 minutes, spooning the honey glaze over them 2 or 3 times, then serve. It’s great with cooked green French beans or buttered mashed potatoes.
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James Martin
Saturday Kitchen
slow cooking
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