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What veggies pairs well with Duck Confit?

I'm making Duck Confit and I'm not sure what vegetables to use with it. I want to use a vegetable that would cut some of the richness of duck.

asked by Scottielew over 1 year ago
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PieceOfLayerCake

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added over 1 year ago

I don't know if I would think vegetables as much as I would think fruit. I think bitter greens with winey berries, cherries or plums would pair beautifully. If veggies are your ultimate goal, perhaps something pickled like a homemade giardinera. I've done that with a braised short rib and a parsnip puree, it was a lovely balance between rich, tangy, spicy and earthy.

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added over 1 year ago

Thank you!! Great ideas!!

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added over 1 year ago

Kale, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted carrots, slow cooked leeks, braised cabbage and bacon! Basically if you have duck confit, you can't go wrong. Happy cooking!

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added over 1 year ago

My wife loves sweet potatoes! Great suggestions

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QueenSashy

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added over 1 year ago

I am very much with PieceOfLayerCake, duck confit calls for a touch of sweetness. I would pair it with a rooth vegetable or cauliflower puree with a jam or chutney on top.

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added over 1 year ago

I totally agree! Thanks

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Greenstuff

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added over 1 year ago

I eat duck confit with most all vegetables, often plain green ones if, like you, I'm trying to cut the richness of the duck. Brussels sprouts in winter, asparagus in spring, green beans (especially haricots verts) in later spring and summer. Broccoli or any of its relatives.

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added over 1 year ago

I wasn't a big fan of Brussels sprouts but now I am! Thanks

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added over 1 year ago

Roasted cauliflower would be great as would a nice green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. That would also add a touch of sweetness from the balsamic.

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added over 1 year ago

I like the vinaigrette idea! Thanks

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added over 1 year ago

A salad of bitter greens and walnuts. Kale and appels

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amysarah

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added over 1 year ago

For what it's worth, traditional accompaniments for duck confit are sauteed or roast potatoes - done in some of the duck fat - and a simple salad with a tart vinaigrette to cut the richness. Delicious. If you want to splurge, a glass of Sauternes is also often served - a rather luxurious way to bring a sweet note.

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ChefJune

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added over 1 year ago

The French traditionally serve duck confit atop a salad of mixed greens dressed with a mustardy vinaigrette. The vinaigrette is a great counterpoint to the rich confit. I have also served duck confit atop black-eyed peas. They're good either hot or cold in a salad and the flavors are very complimentary. Cruciferous vegetables would just about all go well with the confit.

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added over 1 year ago

I'll add to all of the already great suggestions; SLAW (vinegar based). Essentially a pickled salad. You could go traditional with cabbage, but I prefer other vegetable slaws. Fennel, brussels sprouts, broccoli stems, celery root, kohlrabi, celery hearts, etc. (or obviously a combo of any of those).
And you could look beyond standard apple cider vinegar. Other vinegars; rice wine, champagne, red wine, tarragon, white balsamic...or lemon, lime, or grapefruit juice.

Pickled mustard seeds are another great addition. Bright, acidic, spicy.

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added over 1 year ago

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions!! I can't wait!!