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ID:	8731Harvest Apple Salad Recipe
from Carthay Circle Restaurant
at Disney California Adventure Park

Harvest Apple Salad with Crispy Duck Confit
Serves 8


Duck Confit
4 skin-on, bone-in duck legs
Coarse salt freshly ground black pepper
2 sprigs fresh thyme, 3 dried bay leaves
Olive oil for covering duck in roasting pan


Cider Vinaigrette
1/3 cup fresh apple cider
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey mustard or Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Salad
4 gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 6 wedges per apple
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-wide sticks
6 cups thinly sliced kale
6 cups thinly sliced frisée lettuce
10 breakfast radishes, thinly sliced


For duck confit:
Generously salt and pepper duck legs and set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
°°°°° skin of duck legs all over with a needle or a small, sharp knife, being careful not to pierce the meat. Preheat oven to 300°F.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat and sear duck legs until golden on both sides. Place in a baking dish just large enough to fit all 6 legs and cover with rendered duck fat from skillet. Add thyme, bay leaves, and enough olive oil to submerge duck.
Place in oven, uncovered, and bake 2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool in fat to room temperature.
Remove duck legs from fat; remove meat from bones, discarding bones; pull meat into shreds.
Place shredded meat in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; cook just until duck is crispy. Set aside.


For vinaigrette:
Place apple cider and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
Combine reduced apple cider-vinegar and mustard in blender; blend until combined. With blender on medium speed, slowly stream in olive oil.

Removed from blender and place in bowl; stir in thyme and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


For salad:
Smear cold butter in bottom of large skillet. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Add apples slices and turn on heat to medium-high. As butter begins to melt and sugar caramelizes, turn apples to brown both sides. Add more butter if necessary; cook apples until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes, turning often. Remove from heat and set aside.
Combine kale, frisée, radishes, and gala apple sticks in a large bowl, tossing to combine. Add shredded duck.
Add just enough dressing to coat, tossing to combine. Serve immediately with caramelized apple slices.