Turkey Confit

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


Curing and cooking turkey legs and wings in duck fat—yielding the dish that the French call confit—renders them succulent; roasting them in the oven afterward makes them crisp.


  • Legs and wings of a 12-lb. turkey
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 qt. rendered duck fat


Step 1

Pat dry the legs and wings of the turkey. Transfer turkey to a baking sheet.

Step 2

In a spice grinder, finely grind sage, thyme, and bay leaves. Rub turkey with herbs and sprinkle generously with salt and black pepper; chill overnight, uncovered.

Step 3

Heat oven to 325°. Heat duck fat in a 6-qt. pot over low heat. Transfer turkey to a 13" x 16" x 3" roasting pan; pour fat over turkey. Cover pan with foil; bake until very tender, about 3 hours. Let cool; refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Step 4

When ready to serve, place pan of confit in a 500° oven and bake until fat is just liquefied. Remove from oven and transfer turkey parts (without fat) to a baking pan, skin side up. Roast until browned and crisp, about 20 minutes. (Reserve fat for another use.)

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