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Duck Confit with Cherry Port Sauce

Duck confit with cherry port sauce is a decadent dish that combines the rich, tender meat of duck with the sweet and tangy flavors of cherries and port wine. This gourmet delight is perfect for special occasions or when you want to treat yourself to a luxurious meal.


  • 4 duck legs
  • 4 cups duck fat (or enough to submerge the duck legs)
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 225°F (110°C).
  2. Season the duck legs generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Place the duck legs in a deep baking dish or ovenproof pot. Add the smashed garlic cloves and fresh thyme sprigs.
  4. Pour the duck fat over the duck legs, ensuring they are completely submerged.
  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil or a lid and transfer it to the preheated oven.
  6. Bake the duck legs in the oven for 8-10 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
  7. While the duck is cooking, prepare the cherry port sauce. In a saucepan, combine the port wine, fresh cherries, honey, and balsamic vinegar.
  8. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the cherries have softened and the sauce has thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the unsalted butter until melted and incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Once the duck legs are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly.
  11. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the duck legs from the duck fat and place them skin-side down in the skillet.
  12. Cook the duck legs for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
  13. Serve the seared duck confit with the cherry port sauce spooned over the top. Enjoy the luxurious flavors and tender texture of this gourmet dish!


Duck confit with cherry port sauce is a sophisticated and indulgent dish that is sure to impress your guests and elevate any meal. With its tender, flavorful meat and rich, fruity sauce, it's the perfect choice for a special dinner at home or a festive celebration. Treat yourself to this gourmet delight and savor every luxurious bite!


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