The very best side dishes for duck legs are amazingly flavorful dishes that enhance the luscious, rich flavor of perfectly cooked duck confit! Here is a tasty collection of sides that add flavor without overpowering the star of the meal!
Duck’s legs, also known as duck confit, is a sumptuous dish that is recognized for its great taste and for how difficult it is to make. It is made with the same ingredients as a chicken leg but takes much longer to prepare. However, the result is a rich, savory delight that will leave you wanting more.
To get more out of your tantalizing duck legs, here are 10 of the best sides dishes to serve with them:
Nothing beats a salad when it comes to having something light on the side, and arugula is one of the best options. Add some roasted nuts and some lemon juice to enjoy a bit of crunch and tanginess with the refreshing arugula.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Full of flavor and super easy to make, mashed sweet potatoes make for a great side dish for nearly anything. With duck legs, they add to the heartiness of the dish, giving you even more flavor to feast on.
Dauphinoise potatoes, also known as potato au gratin, is a French dish that goes perfectly with duck legs. It’s a casserole with the potatoes cooked in cream, butter, and cheese, with the end product being rich and delicious.
Autumn-inspired, sweet, and creamy, mashed pumpkins offer you a dreamy side dish that goes especially well with duck legs if you have made them in a sauce. The pumpkins absorb the sauce, leading you towards a sweet and rich culinary experience.
It depends on the moisture in the cooked pumpkin as to how much cream you may need and of course I do prefer the good ol aussie Kraft cheddar for this recipe! :…
Carrots make for a delicious side dish due to their balance of earthiness and sweetness. Glazed in butter and sugar, each bite of the carrots will give you a combination of texture and flavor that you won’t ever get tired of.
Creamy polenta goes well with any duck dish, making your meal extra savory. It’s even more special with duck legs since that part of the bird does not contain as much fat as the rest of it. If you’re missing the savory duck, polenta is all you need to add to the side.
Want to add some extra flavor to your meal instead of a whole side dish? Nothing screams traditional when it comes to duck as an orange sauce does. Sweet, tangy, and the right amount of acidic, it takes duck legs to the next level.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Crunchy, healthy, and versatile, brussels sprouts go splendidly well with duck due to their complementary textures. Season them however you like and just bake in the oven. It’s quick and adds some nutrition to your meal.
If brussels sprouts aren’t your thing, you can choose any other vegetables and roast them however you like. Adding some vitamins and minerals to your meal is never a bad idea.
Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms
Creamed spinach and mushrooms are a legendary side to steaks, and they go great with the richness of a duck leg as well. The only downside? You might just love it even more than the main course.