karohemd: (Chef)
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I've been wanting to do this for a while so I finally bought a pack of Gressingham duck legs and some duck fat on Monday.
To prepare, I rubbed the duck pieces with a mix of chopped garlic, sea salt, cracked black pepper and thyme, wrapped the bowl in clingfilm and let it sit in the fridge.
After about three hours, I took the legs out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature. Meanwhile, I melted the fat in a saucepan that was big enough to fit the two legs snugly. I scraped off most of the seasoning and dropped the legs into the fat, put on a lid and let them simmer on the lowest setting my cooker offers for three hours or so, checking now and then that the meat was still completely submerged and the fat wasn't boiling.
Now came the tricky part, taking out the legs without them falling apart. I managed this mostly with one leg but the other was in pieces. I let the legs drain on plenty of kitchen paper for a few minutes while I preheated my little grill oven on its highest setting (probably around 220°). The intact leg as well as the skin from the one that fell apart went onto a rack in a tray under the grill for about 15 minutes until it was nicely browned and crispy (possibly a touch too long). It looked like this:

Confit duck leg and scratchings


The meat was soft and the skin crispy without being fatty as all the fat had rendered. Being very lazy I just had a mixed leaf salad and some ciabatta with it. It was very good indeed.

I took the rest of the meat off the other leg, shredded it, wrapped it in foil with some of the fat and kept it in the fridge for lunch today.

Date: 3/1/13 07:01 pm (UTC)
gominokouhai: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gominokouhai
That looks fantastic. And spectacularly unhealthy.

Date: 3/1/13 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
Yum! :-)

So how much duck fat do you need to completely immerse two legs? Seems like it would be an awful lot.

Date: 3/1/13 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Oh yes.

Depends a bit on the size of legs and pot and how well you can arrange the legs. I had about a pint, I think.
Once you have it, you can reuse it, just strain it through a few layers of muslin and chill in an airtight container and it'll keep for weeks. You can use it for roasties or for frying other things you don't mind tasting a bit of duck.

You can apparently also do it with olive oil but I wanted the classic experience. :o)

Date: 3/1/13 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
if you don't mind tasting a bit of duck

Sounds like a bonus to me!

Date: 3/1/13 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
To me as well but maybe not sweet pancakes. ;o)

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