Duck Confit

Total Time:
26 hr
Prep:
24 hr
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 (5pound) ducks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, cracked
  • 6 cups rendered duck or pork fat
  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 12 fresh thyme sprigs
Directions

Remove ducks' legs and breasts, saving remaining bones and wings for brown duck stock. Leaving bones and skin attached, chop breasts into halves. With a cleaver, remove tips of drumsticks to use in stock.

Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper, and set aside at room temperature 45 minutes. Then place duck pieces in a Dutch oven with rendered fat, garlic and thyme. Cook over low heat, uncovered, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. To test for doneness, pierce with a sharp fork. It should just fall off fork when shaken.

Transfer duck pieces to a medium baking dish and add the fat. Let cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 24 hours or as long as 4 weeks. Before serving, lift duck pieces out of fat. Remove and discard skin and any excess fat by warming slightly on a rack in the oven. Serve duck hot or cold.


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