Monday, May 18, 2009

Duck Confit

Monday, May 18, 2009....

Can anyone explain to me why Duck Confit is revered?

Lately, I've become more focused on meal planning (part of my 100 Day Goal) and am using my cookbooks and magazines to create tasty meals that are both well balanced and experiment with new foods (e.g., lentils, quinoa and chickpeas). As I've been creating meal plans, it seems every book and cooking show I happen upon, discusses Duck Confit.

Sara Moulton's Weekday Meals on PBS showed viewers a quick way to make it, but seriously why would I?

When did it become the rage? Is it worth it?

9 comments:

Muffy Willowbrook said...

I don't know exactly what it is but it doesn't sound
Like something if eat. KK probably knows!
She's a big cook!

Miss Yvonne said...

I have no idea what a confit is or why a duck would be involved. Sounds too weird to eat...but then, I'm not exactly adventurous when it comes to my food. Order me a pizza and I'm a happy girl, unless it has pineapple on it and then it's blech.

LiLu said...

It's basically extra fatty duck... which I'm sort of okay with. Mostly because I'm okay with anything extra fatty. But I'm a pig, so I probably don't count.

:-)

Herding Cats said...

EW! It sounds horrible. I wouldn't waste a trip to the grocery store on it..

E-Claire said...

Confit means its basically EXTRA slow cooked in it's own fats. Doing it a quick way would kind of ruin the whole point as it's meant to enhance the flavour. I worked at a restaurant, a fancy one with snobby customers, and the customers there would REGULARLY gnaw the last little bits off the maryland bone.. it was just THAT good.

Personally I saw the tray off pure duck fat it was immersed and cooked in.. even if I DID eat meat, I couldn't justify that much fat for flavour.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Muffy - I found out from e-Claire and after hearing what it is, think it's a why bother....

Miss Yvonne - pineapple on pizza is just WRONG!

LiLu - Extra fat is one thing, but based on e-Claire's description it sounds like it is a VAT of fat.

Herding Cats - Agreed after hearing the work and results.

E-Claire - thanks for the description. I saw Sara Moulton slow bake the duck and eat the duck, but still thought it was the fat that I was supposed to use for cooking. I haven't a clue why that got in my head..

marathoner81 said...

What the heck is Duck Confit...sounds kind of scary.

Margarita said...

Duck Confit is rather yummy, but I'd be afraid to make it in case I don't do it right. But I don't know how to cook really. Good luck!

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lacochran said...

Because it makes better confetti than turkey.

Wait, what?