In France this summer I enjoyed eating duck on many occasions. One night Corey and I made our own confit de canard dinner at a B&B. We had this gorgeous outdoor space to cook and eat our meal in. Duck confit is cured in salt, then cooked in its own fat. And is amazing! In France it is readily available, but not so much at home. If you’re in Vancouver, I’ve heard you can buy it at Oyama Sausage at Granville Island. The excess fat can be saved in the fridge to cook potatoes in the future.
What you need:
two legs of confit de canard
1 zucchini, sliced about 2 cm thick
salt and pepper
What you do:
1. Heat a frying pan on medium high and put the duck legs in it. Cook them until they are nicely browned.
2. To cook the potatoes you can begin by either boiling them, or pierce with a fork and pop them in the microwave. Then cut into thick slices.
3. Remove the legs from the pan and keep them in a warm oven. Remove some of the fat from the frying pan, then add the potatoes. Fry them until they are browned on each side. (If you want to make Perigord style potatoes, add some garlic and lots of parsley. We didn’t get to try this, but our B&B host told us it was amazing, so that is how I’ll try it next time).
4. In another pan, heat a tablespoon or so of butter, then add the zucchini slices. Brown them slightly on each side, then add salt and pepper.
5. Cut the tomato into slices and salt and pepper them. If you have some balsamic reduction you can add some of that too.
Plate the duck, potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes and enjoy a gorgeous meal with a glass of red wine. Ours was a Bordeaux.
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