Duck Confit Hash and Eggs
Rich and decadent come to mind when eating this delicious brunch sensation. Silkie eggs take center stage atop succulent duck and veggie hash surrounded by sweet and sour cherry pearls.
The Sour Cherry Pearls
sour cherry juice
reduced from 1 1/2 cups
The Duck Hash Cakes
confit duck leg
about 6-7 ounces
from the confit
The Silkie Eggs
black truffle oil
sel de mar de Camargue au piment d’Esplette
To make the pearls, start by putting the oil in a tall glass leaving about an inch at the top, and then put the glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. |
During this time you can get started on the duck cakes by dicing the celery, carrots, and shallot, as well as removing the skin from the duck confit and chopping it coarsely.
Set these ingredients aside.
Making the Pearls
When the 30 minutes of freezing time is almost up, place the concentrated cherry juice in a sauce pan and whisk in the 2 grams of agar powder.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.
Once it boils, remove it from the heat and let it cool to 130°F.
I use an instant read thermometer.
**Note: the mixture will be very thin.
Using a funnel, transfer the liquid to a squeeze bottle.
Remove the oil from the freezer.
Gently squeeze out drops into the oil.
As they sink to the bottom, they will solidify and turn into “pearls.”
When you have made all your pearls, pour the oil through a sieve to recover the pearls, and rinse the pearls thoroughly with cold water.
**Note: I saved the oil in the refrigerator for future pearls.
Make the hash.
Heat a tablespoon of the duck fat from the confit in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
Add the diced celery, carrot, and shallot and cook until the vegetables begin to color.
Then add the chopped duck and sauté for a minute or two.
Add the breadcrumbs and cream and cook a few moments pulling it all together.
Transfer the mixture to a plate and divide evenly in two.
Place the frying pan back on the heat.
Preheat the oven to 200°F.
Butter two 2.75- or 3-inch rings.
Place the rings in the frying pan and fill each with the hash mixture, pressing it down to form a cake.
Cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown then, using a spatula, flip the cake and the ring, pressing the cakes back down inside the ring to make contact with the pan.
When then are golden on the bottom, transfer the cakes with their rings to serving plates, carefully remove rings, and place plates in the oven to keep them warm.
Making the Silkie Eggs
Wipe out the frying pan (no need to clean it) and place it back on the heat.
Add the butter and swirl around.
Place two 2.5-inch rings in the pan and break the eggs into the rings.
Let them cook until the whites are firm, keeping an eye on them to break any bubbles that form.
Remove the cakes from the oven, then carefully remove the rings and transfer the eggs to the top of the cakes.
Surround the cakes with pears, drizzle the truffle oil onto the egg and around the cake, then sprinkle with chives and the salt.
Makes 2 servings.