Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Confit de canard au duo de Pommes

Oslo is getting colder every day and the perfect place to get cosy during Christmas time is in the kitchen. This is my first blog post, and since my girlfriend is my number one food critic, it had to be her favorite dish.
A nice Duck Confit with apples and potatoes sauté is always a great visual and tasteful success. This one comes from the South-West of France, not far from my hometown and is really delicious. The company "Reflets de France" sells products from small producers from all over France with both high quality and individuality. Look them up if you need inspiration!

Back to the recipe now.
For this Duck Confit (2 pers.), you will need:
  • 2 duck legs confit
  • 1 apple (the crunchier, the better)
  • 6 Amandine potatoes
  • Pepper
Let's start :)
When you buy Duck Confit, it is preserved in a lot of grease inside the box which might be the most delicious ingredient to cook with, therefore you put it aside.
The first thing you need to do is to peel the potatoes, cut them in 5mm slices and put them in a kitchen rag. Then put the two legs confit in a pan on low temp control as they just need to be reheated in the grease until the meat easily loosen from the bone. Add some of the grease so the bottom of the pan is covered (about 4mm).
While the meat is in the pan, start heating some more grease in another pan on medium temp control and drop the sliced potatoes in to have them "sauté".  Keep an eye on them all the time and keep stirring!

The duck legs must be cooked with the skin down the majority of the time (without burning it) and be careful so the meat doesn't end up dry. It has to melt in your mouth when served. To avoid this, use a soup spoon to pour the heated grease onto the meat. Repeat regularly while you also look after the potatoes.

As soon as the skin looks crispy and the meat is warm, lay it on a plate with some of the grease from the pan and store it in the oven set on 50°c so it doesn't get cold or dry. Slice the apple and drop them in the pan that was used for the duck. This will still contain some the grease that didn't go in the oven with the duck. Set on medium temp control.

By now your potatoes should be crispy and have a beautiful color. Just let them rest on a very low temp control, to keep the little crisp, and focus on your apple slices. They will be ready very quickly, just about 5 minutes. You want to soften them up on the outside but keep the crunchiness inside. When they too reach the golden color they're ready to be served.
Of course while doing this, do not forget to tend regularly to the duck (keep using the spoon to soak it in the grease). 

When you're ready to serve, lay the potatoes "sauté" in the middle of the plate. Then add the apples around them and finally let the Duck rest on the top. Since the grease is already salty you do not need to add salt. The sweetness of the apples gives a lovely balance to this dish and lightens it up a lot! But you can sprinkle a little bit of pepper around for the presentation's sake.
A good wine-tip could for example be a red Côte du Rhone which is perfect with duck, or as I chose, a red Italian wine; Barbera d'Asti.

Bon appétit!

1 comment:

  1. miiiiam! blir gal bare av â tenke pâ den retten! hilsen potte ^^