Confit Duck Legs Recipe

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Confit Duck Legs
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  1. Mince and mash 4 garlic cloves to a paste with a pinch of kosher salt. Stir together paste, kosher salt (1/4 cup), thyme, quatre épices, shallots, and bay leaves in a large bowl. Add duck legs and toss to coat, then marinate, covered and chilled, at least 1 day and up to 2 days.
  2. Wipe off marinade with paper towels.
  3. Trim off 1/4 inch from top of garlic head, then stick 2 whole cloves into head. Melt duck fat in a wide large heavy pot over low heat, then cook garlic head and duck legs, uncovered, over low heat until fat registers approximately 190°F, about 1 hour. Continue to cook duck, maintaining a temperature of 190 to 210°F, until a wooden pick slides easily into thighs, 2 to 3 hours more.
  4. Transfer duck with a slotted spoon to a large bowl (reserve garlic for another use if desired). Slowly pour duck fat through a fine-mesh sieve into a large crock or deep bowl, leaving any cloudy liquid or meat juices in bottom of pot, then pour strained fat over duck legs to cover by 1 inch. (If necessary, shorten drumstick bones 1 to 2 inches using a large heavy knife to fit legs more tightly in bowl.) Cool to room temperature, about 2 hours, then chill, covered, at least 8 hours.
  5. Just before serving, remove duck from fat (reserve fat for another use, such as frying), scraping off most of fat, then cook, skin side down, in a large heavy nonstick skillet over low heat, covered, until skin is crisp and duck is heated through, 15 to 20 minutes
  6. Cooks' note: Duck legs can be chilled in fat up to 3 months.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 226.31 Kcal (948 kJ)
Calories from fat 198.6 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.07g 34%
Cholesterol 23.63mg 8%
Sodium 1065.95mg 44%
Potassium 171.71mg 4%
Total Carbs 8.8g 3%
Sugars 4.01g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1.58g 6%
Protein 1.56g 3%
Vitamin C 4.8mg 8%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 21.4mg 2%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 293.77 Kcal (1230 kJ)
Calories from fat 257.81 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.65g 34%
Cholesterol 30.67mg 8%
Sodium 1383.73mg 44%
Potassium 222.9mg 4%
Total Carbs 11.42g 3%
Sugars 5.2g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2.05g 6%
Protein 2.02g 3%
Vitamin C 6.3mg 8%
Iron 0.8mg 3%
Calcium 27.8mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 6
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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