Rabbit Leg Confit
- Place rabbit legs in a non-reactive dish and sprinkle with salt; let stand for about 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
- In a small Dutch oven, melt duck fat over medium heat. When completely melted, add shallot, garlic, bay, cloves, peppercorns, star anise, thyme, and rosemary.
- Remove rabbit and brush off salt. Place rabbit in the warm duck fat. Bring mixture to a bare simmer then place in the oven. Cook until rabbit is completely tender, almost falling off the bone, about 3 hours.
- Remove rabbit legs to a clean, sealable container. Strain duck fat, discard aromatics. Pour strained duck fat over confit and store covered in the refrigerator until needed. (Confit will keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.)
- When ready to serve, remove confit from the fat (wiping away excess) and heat through under a broiler, in a heavy skillet on the stove, or on a grill.
Recipe tips: cooked confit can be vacuum sealed and frozen for up to 1 year. Try rabbit confit shredded over a salad, tossed in pasta, or tucked in a sandwich. Duck fat is one of the few fats that can be reused again and again without degrading. Just strain the fat using a coffee filter set in a fine mesh sieve and store in an airtight container in the fridge.