In the heart of Mount Pleasant, nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Main Street, lies a culinary gem – our classic French bistro, The French Table. Here, we pride ourselves on offering a menu that is a testament to the rich and diverse gastronomic heritage of France. Among our array of delectable dishes, one particular entrée stands out and has become a beloved favorite of our patrons – Duck Confit Cassoulet.
Duck Confit, or ‘Confit de Canard’, is a centuries-old dish that hails from the Gascony region of France. It is a testament to the ingenuity of French cuisine, transforming a simple ingredient through time-honored techniques into a dish that is nothing short of a culinary classic.
At our bistro, we stay true to the traditional preparation method. The duck legs are generously seasoned with a blend of fresh herbs, aromatic garlic, and coarse sea salt. This mixture is allowed to permeate the meat for at least 24 hours, a process known as ‘curing’. This not only seasons the meat but also helps to draw out excess moisture, ensuring a succulent result.
After the curing process, the duck legs are slowly cooked in their own fat. This method, known as ‘confit’, is where the dish gets its name. The slow cooking process allows the flavours to deepen and the meat to become incredibly tender, practically melting off the bone.
Once the duck legs are perfectly confited, they are pan-seared to a golden brown, creating a crispy exterior that contrasts beautifully with the tender, flavourful meat inside. The dish is served with a stewed white beans, braised pork and Toulouse sausage, providing a balance of textures and flavours that make each bite a delight.
Our Duck Confit Cassoulet is more than just a dish; it’s a culinary journey that takes you through the rustic French countryside, right here on Main. It embodies the essence of French cooking – simple ingredients, time-honoured techniques, and a dedication to flavour above all else.
We invite you to join us at The French Table and experience the magic of our Duck Confit. It is a dish that has stood the test of time, and we are proud to share this piece of French culinary heritage with you. You can make a reservation right on this page. Bon Appétit!