So I bought a smoked duck a couple of weeks ago at Costco - I had no plans for it but it was irresistible. I asked for some suggestions as to what to do with it, but nothing really hit me so I just hung onto the thing. Until today. Sister-in-law, nephew and wife, etc., etc., coming for lunch. I made a delicious squash soup, a French lentil salad and a green salad with oranges. I was planning to serve the duck, sliced, room temperature to go with everything.
First the unwrapping. It looks fine. But there was something unsettling about the congealed duck fat - don't get me wrong, I love duck fat. But this was still attached to the skin and the skin wasn't crisp, of course. So I decided to heat it a bit. Threw it into the oven (convection) for about 20 minutes to warm and maybe crisp the skin a little. When I took it out, it looked better. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then I tried cutting the thing up. Well, this was not what I expected. It was labelled as fully cooked and being perfect for the "buffet table". I don't think so. There was a very thick layer of fat - so thick that I could barely find the meat. I tried carving what I could find off the bird but honestly, in the end I had a small pile of meat - maybe 1 cup - and a huge mountain of thick fatty skin and bones. Also they left the neck inside with a surprise packet of giblets.
Anyway, longish story short. I arranged the small amount of meat on a plate and ran out to buy a small turkey breast to throw on the grill as a supplement. I still have all the duck bits and will make something with it but this was NOT perfect for the buffet table and you cannot simply slice it up and serve it.
You've been warned.
So what should I do with all the bits? Cassoulet? Something else?