Cooking time

Mango and Cucumber Layered Duck Confit

  • Preparation : 40 minutes
  • Cooking : 2 minutes
  • Portions : 4


  • 2 Brome Lake duck legs confit
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled
  • Flesh of 1 medium mango, diced into small cubes (keep some cubes for decoration)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Ground white pepper
  • Toasted pita quarters
  • Aged cheddar slices
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Mint and soy vinaigrette
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) grapeseed oil
  • 5 to 10 ml (1 to 2 tsp) toasted sesame oil
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) soy sauce
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, degermed and crushed
  • White pepper


  1. Servings: 4 servings
    Preparation time: 40 minutes
    Cooking time: 2-3 minutes

    Advance preparation: 2 hours, but assembled at the last minute
    Minimum wait time: 1 hour

  2. Oil four ramekins with a capacity of just over 250 ml (1 cup), then set aside.

  3. Cut half of the cucumber into small cubes (remove seeds if desired), then divide cucumber cubes evenly between the ramekins. Set aside the other half for later. Cover the diced cucumber with the diced mango, then set aside.

  4. Remove the skin from the duck confit, then debone. Dice the meat into small cubes, then mix with the green onions. Distribute the mixture between the ramekins and season with white pepper.

  5. Drizzle each serving with 10 ml (2 tsp) of the mint and soy vinaigrette. Lightly compress each serving using the back of a small fork.

  6. Cover each serving with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 48 hours.

  7. Just before serving, cut the rest of the cucumber in half width-wise, then into thin slices. Set aside.

  8. Take the ramekins out of the refrigerator, then slide a small knife around the inside edge to release the filling slightly. Cover with a medium plate, then invert each ramekin and give a sharp tap to release the filling from the mold.

  9. Arrange the cucumber slices decoratively on each plate. Drizzle with some of the mint and soy vinaigrette, and set aside.

  10. Place a few cheddar slices on the pita quarters and toast for a few minutes under the broiler. Place 1 to 2 pitas on each plate, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Decorate each layered duck confit with a few of the reserved mango cubes and serve immediately.

  11. Mint and soy vinaigrette
  12. Place all ingredients in an airtight container, and add pepper to taste. Shake well, then use immediately or cover and keep in the refrigerator.

Recipe developed by Nicolas Vallée, professional chef

Tips and tricks

This recipe can be prepared well in advance and quickly assembled just before serving. Ideal for when friends are coming over.

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