Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson

Duck Confit Quesadillas

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings



  1. Cook the duck, skin-side down, covered, in a large heavy nonstick skillet over moderately-low heat until the skin is well-browned and crisp and the duck is heated through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the duck and pour off all but 1 teaspoon of the fat from the pan and reserve. Cook the onions in the remaining duck fat over moderate heat until crispy and brown, about 10 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons water to the pan and scrape the bottom of the pan until the water evaporates. Remove the skin from the duck and reserve. Shred the meat and place in a medium bowl.
  2. Place the duck skin back in the pan and cook over a moderate heat, until the skin is crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove the skin from pan, chop and put in the same bowl as the shredded meat. Pour off all the duck fat from the pan and reserve the fat.
  3. Place 1 tortilla on your work surface and spread 1 tablespoon goat cheese, 2 tablespoons of the onions, 1/2 cup of the duck mixture and 1 tablespoon scallions on top of a tortilla. Lay another tortilla on top of the scallions.
  4. Brush a nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved duck fat over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Cook the quesadilla turning once, until golden, about 6 minutes. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.
  5. BYOC: What can't you throw in a quesadilla? Try some Monterey Jack cheese or some pickled jalapenos.