I know, I know. You're thinking: "Canned duck? Are you kidding me?" But trust me on this one, really. I love keeping a can of duck confit in my pantry, and unlike other foods in cans, it's actually really delicious!
If there's a night when I am really busy and want to eat something tasty, or I have a surprise dinner guest (gasp!) these cans of canard goodness are a lifesaver! Simply remove the duck from the can, reheat it on the stovetop in a heavy skillet, and serve with some frisée or some vegetable side dishes, and voilà! Instant gourmet! Or perhaps you're craving a cassoulet, but you don't want to take the time to make duck confit. Easy shortcut!
Also, save the duck fat that's left in the can; it's wonderful for frying potatoes and mushrooms in.
You can buy them at your local French or gourmet food store. If you don't know where to find them, buy them online at Touch of Europe for $24.50.