Skinned Duck Confit with Roasted Cracklings

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
Recipe from Sunset

More From Sunset


Ingredients

  • 4 boned duck breast halves (about 1 3/4 lb. total)
  • 4 whole duck legs (thighs and drumsticks attached; about 2 2/3 lb. total)
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme
  • About 1 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
  • 1 cup coarse bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley

Preparation

  1. 1. Pull and cut skin from duck breasts and legs. Slit leg skin open to lie flat. Put skin in a single layer in a pan about 10 by 15 inches.
  2. 2. Bake in a 350° oven until skin is crisp and golden, about 1 hour, turning pieces over occasionally. Drain skin on towels. Scrape duck fat from pan into a bowl and reserve; wipe pan clean.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, mix salt and sugar and rub heavily all over breasts and legs. Put duck in a bowl, cover, and chill at least 30 minutes but no longer than 1 hour.
  4. 4. Discard liquid that forms and rinse duck well under cool running water, massaging to release salt and sugar. Put duck in the 10- by 15-inch pan. Sprinkle with thyme and pepper. Add 1/4 inch of water to pan. Cover pan tightly with foil.
  5. 5. Bake in a 325° oven until meat is very tender when pierced, about 1 1/4 hours.
  6. 6. Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, combine bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons reserved fat from duck skin. Stir until bread is richly toasted. Pour into a bowl. Coarsely chop duck skin.
  7. 7. Transfer cooked duck to a large platter and keep warm. Put duck skin cracklings on a piece of foil and return to oven to heat, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl.
  8. 8. Sprinkle toasted bread crumbs and parsley over duck. Add cracklings to portions as desired.
  9. Per serving without cracklings: 227 cal., 38% (87 cal.) from fat; 25 g protein; 9.7 g fat (3.6 g sat.); 8.5 g carbo (0.6 g fiber); 407 mg sodium; 92 mg chol.
  10. Roasted cracklings: Nutritional information not available.
My Notes

Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.

Add Note

Skinned Duck Confit with Roasted Cracklings Recipe at a Glance
advertisement
  1. Enter at least one ingredient

You want chicken? We've got it!

Chicken Tonight
Get endless recipe ideas for this dinnertime staple, emailed weekly.
We Respect Your Privacy. Privacy Policy