My entry for Maple Leaf Farm's duck contest is up for public voting today to hopefully win the People's Choice award- $350!!
Here's the link to vote if you'd like to help me out. It's a quick and easy vote once a day until Monday the 18th at noon:
This is the first year I tried my hand at this contest and I'm kicking myself that I never entered it before. I was intimidated at first, since although I love duck and will order it at a restaurant, I've never made it at home. Now I am in love with the confit (so easy to use and already fully cooked) and especially the duck bacon (I'd never heard of it before and now I'm in love)! The duck bacon may become a regular freezer staple from now on. The contest called for dishes that highlighted duck for a holiday and naturally, I chose to celebrate Mardi Gras. Fried Green Tomatoes are one of my favorite appetizers and the tangy juicy tomatoes are then topped with the shredded duck confit and a creamy spicy duck bacon remoulade sauce. It's set atop mixed greens, sprinked with chives and even more of the crispy salty crunch crumbled duck bacon. You could serve one as a hearty starter, or give each guest two for a main course.
Mardi Gras Mambo Fried Green Tomatoes with Duck Confit and Duck Bacon Remoulade
2 packages Maple Leaf Farms Duck Leg Confit (16 oz each)
5 slices Maple Leaf Farms Duck bacon, chopped finely
4 medium green (unripe) tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
3 teaspoons salt, divided
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cups buttermilk
6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup creole or whole grain mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons minced shallot
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
3 cups mixed salad greens
2 Tablespoons chopped chives
Prepare the duck confit per package instructions using the oven method. Once the confit is warmed through, shred the meat and discard the bones and skin.
In a cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, cook the bacon until browned and crisp (about 10 minutes). Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Line a large cookie sheet with paper towels. Sprinkle the tomato slices evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, lay them on the paper towels and let them stand for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, dry thoroughly with paper towels.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal, bread crumbs, flour, pepper, and the remaining salt. Pour the buttermilk in a shallow dish.
In a large Dutch oven fitted with a deep-fry thermometer, over medium heat, bring the oil up to 350° degrees.
Working in batches dredge the tomato slices, first in buttermilk, then the cornmeal mixture, shaking off any excess. Carefully place tomato slices in hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon, and allow to drain on a wire rack.
Place half (about ¼ cup) of the crisped duck bacon into a small mixing bowl. Add the mayo, mustard, ketchup, shallot, lemon juice and parsley to the bacon and whisk to combine.
To serve lay the greens on the bottom of a large platter. Lay the fried green tomatoes on the greens, top evenly with shredded duck confit and drizzle with duck bacon remoulade. Sprinkle with remaining duck bacon and serve immediately.