Duck Leg Confit
Does anyone know where I can purchase this in the Cleveland area? The store where I was going to get it is now out of business. This was the only place I have ever seen it for sale in this area and I'm planning on making a Cassoulet. There are recipes for this on the net, but they require a large amount of duck fat which I really can't easily lay my hands on so making it is out of the question. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
You can make your own confit. I don't know what your cooking skills are but, if you buy a single duckling you should be able to render enough fat off it to prepare a confit. If you are little short on duck fat supplement with olive oil.
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maybe ask around in the westside market? or visit the cleveland.com food & wine forum too.
you may already have your answer by now, but if not...I buy it from Metropolitan Market which just moved to Landerwood Plaza in Pepper Pike. They sell it frozen in cryo-vac packs, skinless and boneless, which is fine if you are making cassoulet. If they are out, you can order whole legs from D'Artagnan, but the shipping is rather expensive. Various Heinen's locations as well as West Point Market in Akron carry it at times. A company called More Than Gourmet now makes duck fat in 4 oz as well as 1lb tubs for cooking. Great for fried potatoes!
I made a great dish with it last week-I made some sweet potato gnocchi and needed some sort of sauce for it. So in a skillet I sauteed some shallots, added the shredded duck confit and heated thru. Added some heavy cream, a few twigs of thyme and let it simmer for about a half hour. Just a small amount of the sauce was needed for the gnocchi as both items were fairly rich.
Thanks for that info. Metropolitan Market was the place where I had seen it before and was very disappointed when I went to their old location. I was so mad I didn't notice if there was any sign indicating they had moved. In any case, I found out through a friend a few days ago of their new location. I called and as you stated they have it but off the bone and skinless.
For the record, I wound up buying it on line from a place in Indianna called Maple Leaf Farms. Theirs is still on the bone with the skin. They make a very good product plus include a generous amount of fat along with it. I compared prices between this place and Met. Market. The latter sells theirs for around $10/lb before taxes, the former for around $11/lb even after you pay for shipping. Maple Leaf Farms sells a very reasonably priced good quality product, the legs have a great herb rub and are very tasty. I highly recommend this place for duck leg confit. It ships in about 2 days in a styrofoam container packed with dry ice as well as a standard ice pack. I wouldn't order in the summer, but this time of year the stuff arrived in great shape. In fact I was so happy with the first effort I ordered more for the holidays and am having it shipped to the Binghamton, NY area where we will have Cassoulet for New Year's Day dinner.