This recipe won the Over the Top! award at the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Idaho® Potato Side Dish Challenge which took place during Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash. A $1500 donation was made to Florida International University’s School of Management and Tourism in Chef Garces’ name on behalf of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Directions for Yellow Finn Potato Confit:
- Preheat oven to 275°F.
- In a large non-reactive roasting pan combine potatoes, duck fat, garlic and rosemary. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook until potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and allow potatoes to cool in fat. Transfer potatoes to a lined sheet tray and allow to air dry for 2 hours before using. Store refrigerated until ready to use.
Directions for Duck Confit:
- Preheat oven to 225°F.
- Combine kosher salt, rosemary, thyme and black peppercorns in the bowl of a food processor and mix until herbs are finely chopped and salt turns a pale green. Thoroughly coat duck legs in salt mixture in a single layer. Allow duck legs to cure, refrigerated, for 2 hours, then rinse and pat dry before cooking.
- In a large non-reactive roasting pan combine cured duck legs and rendered duck fat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook duck legs for 6 hours. Remove duck legs from duck fat and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove skin and duck bones and discard, then shred cooked duck meat.
Directions for Duck Gravy:
- Heat duck fat in a saucepot over medium heat and sweat carrot, celery and onion until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Add all purpose flour and stir to incorporate and cook until flour is lightly caramelized, about 6-8 minutes. Slowly add roasted duck stock and whisk until all stock is incorporated. Add bay leaf and thyme and cook over low heat until gravy is thickened, about 18-20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Preheat vegetable oil to 400°F.
- Combine duck confit and duck gravy and bring to a simmer. Hold warm until ready to use.
- In batches, fry potatoes until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minute per batch. Remove from oil and season to taste with rendered duck fat, salt and parsley. Garnish with duck confit, duck gravy and crumbled fresh farmer’s cheese.