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Showing posts with label Duck Confit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Duck Confit. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pear and Duck Confit Salad



        The Food Police were out in force when we posted our Easy Duck Confit recipe last Friday.  There were rumblings about our waistlines and heart health.   So I thought share some nutrition numbers to counter the impression we are on a road to hell in a hand basket.  There's both good news and bad: The good news: Duck meat and duck fat are both lower in cholesterol and higher in monounsaturated fat than butter, dairy fat or beef fat. While that is hardly a ringing endorsement, consider that one portion of Confit comes in at 260 calories, gives you 25 grams of protein, 0 carbs and 0 sugars and gives you impressive amounts of Vitamin E, iron and selenium.  And it was also endorsed by my great pal, Michael Cox, author of "Gluten-Free: More than 100 Delicious Recipes your family will love", because it is...Gluten-Free! 

        Now I will grant you that at 18 grams of fat, this is not a dish Weightwatchers is going to endorse anytime soon.  But in moderation, which is the way we eat everyday, I think we can enjoy this tender, rich and succulent dish in small doses and this salad certainly qualifies there.  
       
 Hopefully, you took our advice and made extra Duck Confit over the weekend.  If not, consider doing so this weekend and come back when you're ready to make this terrific dinner salad -- full of the goodness of fresh pear, crunchy pecans and gorgeous greens and the (optional) blue cheese. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Duck Confit, the easy way.



While we were making our Duck Confit, we got a call from Andrew’s sister, Lauren, asking us how we’d describe the difference between duck and chicken.  We didn’t really have an adequate answer until we finished cooking this recipe and tasted this wonderful result.   Duck cooked this way is richer, meatier and has so much more character than a chicken leg ever could.