Why Twitter is good for you – Duck Confit Nachos

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on December 20, 2010

It’s getting down to the wire… the “big day” is almost here and I’ve come down with a terrible case of Obsessive Compulsive Appetizer Disorder. I just can’t seem to help myself – I am a tad obsessed with them and this appetizer is so easy and so good I just had to share it!

This all started with a tweet from Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen. She was tweeting about this wonderful duck she was roasting … and of course it got me thinking about duck – and nachos. I’d been seriously craving them and then there was the mention of duck and well… what else? Duck confit nachos of course!! I’d bought some duck confit a few days before and it was just sitting in my refrigerator (and yes, this definitely belongs on your list of basics to have on hand during the holidays!). I pulled it out and started playing and came up with this. Tender shreds of duck confit mixed with a little fresh tangerine juice, hoisin sauce and freshly grated ginger. Put it on a wonton chip and garnish with some tangerine zest and thinly sliced scallions – viola an asian inspired nacho!! Don’t have any duck confit in your fridge?? No worries – cooked and shredded chicken or pork would also work. Easy, elegant and a little unusual.. what more could you want? Well, maybe that Roasted Duck over on In Erika’s Kitchen……

Duck Confit “Nachos

1 pkg. egg roll wrappers
non stick cooking spray
2 cups duck confit (from about 2 duck legs)
1 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice (1 or 2 small tangerines)
3 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallions
Zest from 1 – 2 tangerines

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut the egg roll wrappers in half diagonally. Cut each half again to form two large triangles and then cut again to form two more triangles. Cut each triangle in half again – this should give you 16 triangles from each square egg roll wrapper.
  3. Place triangles on the parchment lined pans and spray lightly with cooking spray and season with salt.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 – 7 minutes or until triangles are golden brown and slightly bubbled. Remove from oven and let cool. (These can be made 1 day ahead. After cooling, place in an airtight container and store at room temperature.)
  5. Cut meat off of duck legs and shred. In a medium saucepan combine the meat, hoisin sauce, ginger and tangerine juice. Stir to combine. Heat over medium heat until duck is hot.
  6. Place wonton triangles on a serving platter. Top each triangle with about 1 tsp. of the duck. Garnish with a few slices of scallions and a little of the tangerine zest. Serve.

Notes: This is also lovely garnished with some toasted sesame seeds!!!



{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Erika December 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm

So happy to have been the inspiration for this, but Nancy, you took the duck thing to a whole different level. Can’t wait to try it!


Nancy December 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm

And I can’t wait to try your duck – hoping to do it next week!! Hope you like the nachos !!!


Paul jennette December 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

WOW!! I can’t imagine how great these must taste. We have a duck confit salad at work right now which is delicious…so this must be incredible!! Happy Holidays!!


Nancy December 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thanks Paul!! I love duck confit salad .. heck, I just love duck confit !!!!
Happy holidays to you as well!!!


Kim December 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Nancy, this looks DELICIOUS! I’m not as sophisticated as you, so I don’t have any duck confit lying around, but I do have shredded chicken. Lots of shredded chicken.

Now I’M inspired to use my homegrown tangerines and do a riff of of your nachos… stay tuned!



Nancy December 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Oooh… I can’t wait to see what you come up with – I bet they are going to be delicious!!!


Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle December 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Duck, duck everywhere…and none in my house to be found. Kim did duck, Erika did duck and I’m not kidding…I’m not even sure where to find duck. BUT I love duck confit so guessing it’s time I went on my own personal duck hunt!

As always Nancy; these look beautiful and delicious; what I’ve come to expect from you my friend.


Nancy December 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Aww… you are so sweet!! Our local Costco actually had some believe it or not – I was really surprised! I generally buy some around the holidays since it keeps very well and it’s a little different – people always tell me they don’t like duck and then they have some and say “what was that? It’s wonderful!”


Jean at The Delightful Repast December 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Nancy, I had duck confit hors d’oeuvres a few years ago at a fancy-schmancy event and always planned to make them. Forgot all about it until now. Might have to give these a go. But maybe not–I fear developing OCAD! Recipe looks and sounds delectable!


Nancy December 22, 2010 at 12:19 am

LOL!! I definitely have a very bad case of OCAD!!! Duck confit is a great ingredient to work with – you can take it in so many different directions and for most people it is a bit unusual so it’s perfect for an appetizer!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' December 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I read Erika’s post after seeing her tweet. And yes, I must make duck breast soon (just read Kim’s post), but your duck nachos are calling my name! I’m a sucker for elegant finger food :) And, duck confit, oh my! Merry Christmas, Nancy – thanks for sharing another delicious recipe with us!


Nancy December 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Hi Priscilla!!
Hope you had a very merry Christmas! I’m with you – love elegant finger food especially when it’s this easy!!!


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