Duck Confit Potpie
- ACTIVE: 1 HR
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN plus 16 hr for curing the confit
- SERVINGS: 6
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1/2 pound cipollini onions, peeled and halved
- 8 large garlic cloves, peeled
- 5 thyme sprigs
- 1 large rosemary sprig
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Buttery Cornmeal Pastry
- 1 large egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons water
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1/2 pound kale, stems and inner ribs discarded, leaves coarsely chopped (2 packed cups)
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups shredded Three-Pepper Duck Confit, see Note
- 1/4 cup dried currants
- Preheat the oven to 425°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the sweet potatoes with the onions, garlic, thyme, rosemary and 3 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and set aside the garlic. Discard the herb sprigs. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the Buttery Cornmeal Pastry to a 14-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5 1/2-inch plate as a template, cut out 4 rounds as closely together as possible. Roll out scraps and cut out 2 more rounds. Set the rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with the egg wash and freeze for 5 minutes. Bake the rounds for about 15 minutes, until golden and crisp.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large deep skillet. Add the shallot and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the kale and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the white wine and cook until nearly evaporated. Add 2 1/2 cups of the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour into the remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock, then whisk the mixture into the skillet. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Mash the roasted garlic cloves and whisk them into the sauce. Add the roasted vegetables, duck confit and currants and cook until heated through; keep warm.
- Ladle the duck filling into six 1-cup ramekins, cover with the pastry rounds and serve at once.
Red Burgundy and duck are a combination that, despite its sophistication and complexity, is hard not to devour too fast. This potpie recipe suggests a Burgundy toward the brighter, more elegant end of the spectrum.
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