Duck confit, pear, and fennel bites

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Author Notes: These are ingredients I generally have in my refrigerator. I just made a big batch of duck confit legs - using Emeril's recipe - which was amazing, but you can certainly buy duck legs pre-made (I like D'artagnan). These flavors are everything that is wonderful about fall. The pears accentuate the natural sweetness of the fennel when its roasted, the duck is sinfully savory and the cheese sets the balance. And who doesn't like a bite of duck in puff pastry? meganvt01

Makes 24 bites

  • 1 sheet puff pastry - defrosted
  • 1 duck leg confit - skin removed, meat chopped
  • 1 small bulb fennel, chopped
  • 1 large firm pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 ounces brie cheese, rinds included, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  1. Mix on a baking sheet the fennel, pear, thyme, garlic, and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes in a 400 degree, preheated oven. Stir 2-3 times. Remove.
  2. Add chopped duck confit and sherry vinegar to hot cookie sheet. Stir to combine. Taste and season again with salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. Roll out your thawed puff pastry on a floured work surface to a 12 inch square. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 24 equal pieces. Press each piece into a mini-muffin tin (you'll need more than 1 muffin tin), making a small cup.
  4. Place 1 square brie cheese in each mini-muffin cup. Add 1.5 teaspoons of the duck, sherry, pear, fennel mixture. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. garnish with fresh thyme leaves if desired.

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over 3 years ago Tarragon

All of my favorites, consolidated. Can't wait for an occasion to make these!


over 3 years ago meganvt01

Thank you all for your very kind words!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So elegant, what a fantastic appetizer. A perfect combination. Love this!


over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

If this isn't one of the finalists, then I'm going to claim it as a CP! Can not wait to try this! Heading to Goose the Market tomorrow morning!


over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh yum! I want to come to your parties!


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This truly looks like a perfect little bite. Love it!


over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love it!