Wailea Wine & Food Festival at the Grand Wailea. Photo by Darris Hurst.
If you’re at Bistro Molokini you have to order the “Pizza” Natural Burger, with pepperoni and basil. Topped w/ marinara sauce and smoked mozzarella on a grilled pizza dough bun, it’s my favorite fun lunch item. For dinner, it’s the Prawn and Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese with sharp cheddar, Kula corn, toasted garlic and shallot, peppers, peas and cauliflower crumbs. I love to make bread–especially my chocolate sourdough bread with sour cherries. We have a sourdough starter started several years ago, fed daily, which keeps getting better and better with time. This specific bread is great to eat with a piece of Brie or Mount Tam and a glass of Carlisle Zinfandel.
Duck confit is more versatile than you may think. You can serve the duck confit below with some sautéed potatoes, shred and use in a salad instead of bacon or add in a risotto.
Duck Leg Confit–with an interesting touch.
2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Black Pepper
4 Garlic Cloves – Smashed
2 Pinches of Cinnamon
4 Star Anise
6 Sprigs of fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
8 Duck Legs
Mix all the ingredients for the seasoning together
Place the rinsed / dried legs in a plastic bag or baking dish and coat with the seasoning
Refrigerate for up to 36 hours
Pre-heat the oven to 200
Melt the duck fat
Rinse the legs. Dry them and place in an oven-proof dish
Cover the legs with the melted duck fat and bring to 180
Place the dish in the oven and bake for 4-6 hrs
Remove from the oven
If you plan on eating it right away, remove from the fat delicately and crisp the skin in a hot pan before serving
You can also allow the duck to cool down, then transfer in a clean pan, cover with the fat and refrigerate for a couple of weeks.
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About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.