If you like potatoes with duck fat, you’ll love these. Gorgeous roasted vegetable “fries” get extra flavor and color from a swath of luscious duck fat right before baking. Delicious as a side dish or chilly day snack.
Assorted root veggies, such as parsnips, turnips, carrots, and beets; scrubbed, peeled and cut into ¼ inch sticks
Duck fat, softened
Finely chopped parsley (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, toss veggie sticks with a few generous drizzles of with a drizzle of duck fat. Make sure each stick is evenly shiny with fat. Season with salt.
3. Spread evenly, in a single layer, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway through baking time. Fries should take about 15-25 minutes.
4. Remove from oven, taste for seasoning and season with salt if needed. Sprinkle with parsley (if using), and serve immediately.
And now for something completely different: Salted Duck Fat Caramels from Laura at the beautiful blog Tide and Thyme. Thanks for sharing, Laura! Go have a look at what she’s up to, but first cast your eyes over this tiny miracle.
1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons duck fat, chilled
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
3 tsp sea salt
1. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly butter the parchment.
2. Bring cream, duck fat, vanilla, and 1 tsp salt to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.
3. Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel.
4. Carefully stir cream mixture into the caramel (mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Pour into baking pan and cool 45 minutes. Cut into 1-inch pieces with a buttered knife. Top each piece with a small pinch of salt, and wrap each piece in a 4-inch square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.
Movie night goes glam with this indulgent popcorn, cooked on the stove top. Because it’s so easy to pop this way, and it’s more fun than the microwave. The duck fat gives it texture and a certain satisfying flavor, but the truffle butter takes it to another level. Serve it family-style, in a large bowl, or go for the in-theatre experience and use individual paper cones. But be warned: this popcorn is addictive.
- ½ cup high-quality popcorn kernels
- 3 tablespoons duck fat
- 2 tablespoons black truffle oil
- 3 tablespoons black truffle butter
- ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated super-fine
- Big pinch of dried Herbs de Provence
- Maldon sea salt, to taste
1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt truffle butter. Remove from heat, add the truffle oil and set aside.
2. Heat the duck fat and 1 popcorn kernel, over medium-high heat, in a large pot with a lid. As soon as the kernel pops, add the rest of the popcorn, cover the pot and shake over the heat—quickly moving the pot back and forth over the burner—until the popping stops.
3. Pour half of the popcorn into a large mixing bowl, removing any unpopped kernels. Drizzle half of the butter-oil mixture and sprinkle half of the cheese and herbs over the popcorn, tossing to evenly distribute. Repeat with the rest of popcorn. Season to taste with Malden salt and serve immediately.