duck rillettes


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  • add   2 garlic cloves, halved
  • add   2 tablespoons Armagnac or Cognac
  • add   1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • add   2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
  • add   1 (5- to 5 1/2-lb) Pekin duck (sometimes called Long Island duck), including neck
  • add   1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • add   2 carrots, 1 cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices and 1 finely chopped
  • add   1 large bay leaf (not California)
  • add   1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • add   3 medium shallots, sliced
  • add   2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsleyAccompaniment: 1/3-inch-thick baguette slices, toasted
  • add   4 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Cut breasts from duck and discard skin and all visible fat. Reserve legs and carcass for another use.
  2. Brown duck neck (halved if necessary) in a dry 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, turning
  3. once, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Pat duck breasts dry and season with salt and pepper, then add to pan and brown over moderate heat, turning once, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to plate with duck neck.
  4. Add Armagnac to pan and deglaze by boiling, scraping up any brown bits, until most of liquid is evaporated. Add 2 cups water, shallots, garlic, sliced carrot, thyme, bay leaf, kosher salt, peppercorns, and duck breasts and neck with any juices on plate
  5. and cook at a bare simmer, covered,
  6. 1 hour. Discard neck, then transfer breasts to a plate and cool. Shred duck meat, then chop.
  7. Pour broth through a sieve into a bowl, discarding solids. (If liquid measures less than 2 cups, add water.) Return to cleaned pan and add chopped carrot. Simmer, covered, until carrot is tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. While carrot is cooking, sprinkle gelatin over remaining 2 tablespoons water in a cup and let soften 1 minute.
  9. Stir softened gelatin into hot broth until dissolved, then stir in duck meat, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into crocks (you'll have about
  10. 3 cups total) and chill, covered, until set, 3 to 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving.
  11. Cooks' note:
  12. • Rillettes keep, chilled, 3 days.