Word of the Day: Confit

I went to a friend’s birthday lunch recently where there was an option on the menu for confit potato wedges. Confit is often known as duck cooked in its own fat (better known as confit de canard), but the interesting question that was raised was is it always duck?

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Rôti de Canard Muscovy Confit

The answer is no. Although it is the most common type of confit, it can also be prepared with other types of meat like pork or goose. It is a French style of cooking that was originally meant to help preserve food (with the help of salt), but it also adds extra flavour and helps tenderize meat. That would explain why that morsel of duck, which is normally a tough meat, becomes soft and melts in your mouth. Even less known is probably confit made with fruits and vegetables, though I personally don’t know if I would consider that a confit.

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. That looks delicious! X

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Victoria!

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  2. annika says:

    So interesting!

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Annika!

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  3. cookingflip says:

    Oooh! Crunchy, crispy, tender, juicy! Nomnomnomnomnom! 🙂

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    1. Rini says:

      Definitely a nomnomnomer. Thanks! 😀

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  4. A really interesting post, Rini. You hear on cooking programs all the time that they’re going to “confit” something (I heard fennel the other day) and then they simply cook it slowly in olive oil. But I’m with you – not sure I would consider that a confit either! The original is still the best – confit duck is so yum, yum, yum! Great post.

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    1. Rini says:

      I think it’s their way of making it sound more fancy than it really is, but that’s ok. Thanks for the lovely comment Tracey! 🙂

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  5. You had me at duck! I would eat this in a heartbeat! Duck is another one of my delicacies.

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    1. Rini says:

      Lol. Life wouldn’t be the same without them!

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