con·​fit | \ kōn-ˈfē How to pronounce confit (audio) , kȯn-, kän- \

Definition of confit

1 : meat (such as goose, duck, or pork) that has been cooked and preserved in its own fat
2 : a garnish made usually from fruit or vegetables that are cooked until tender in a seasoned liquid

Examples of confit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or have a heaping bowl of moules frites in a tomato confit with leeks in saffron cream. New York Eateries, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Downstairs is Somerset, the hotel's restaurant, which serves dishes like asparagus-lemon risotto and Rohan duck confit. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 The seasonal prix fixe might move from burrata with strawberries and Japanese milk bread to duck confit with purple potato gnocchi to a flourless chocolate cake with peach compote. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 Known for an exceptional farm to table dining concept, standout dishes include the Roman style Liberty Duck breast and confit leg, caramelized sea scallops and honey glazed heirloom carrots. Michelle Gross, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Appetizers will range between $6 and $12, sandwiches will be $13 or $14 and a decadent duck confit flatbread will cost a little more at $15. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 What to order: Go for the divine carnitas, made with pork shoulder confit and bright acidic avocado mousse, pickled red onions, shaved tomatillo and cilantro. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 Although tacos have become Tijuana's most famous food export, innovative chefs below the border are bringing the city to the forefront of culinary excellence by preparing such dishes as squid, tuna, spider crab salad and confit pork belly. Roger Sands, Forbes, 16 May 2021 The low and slow confit process takes away the muscle’s natural toughness. Amy Drew Thompson,, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of confit

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confit

borrowed from French, noun derivative from past participle of confire "to treat (food, an animal or vegetable substance) in order to preserve it," going back to Old French "to prepare (a drink), preserve (fruit) in a liquid or sugar", going back to Latin conficere "to carry out, perform, make, bring about, collect, bring to completion" — more at confect

Note: In sense 1 the French word is most likely a gallicized form of the cognate word in the Occitan of Gascony or Languedoc. See note at comfit.

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13 Oct 2021

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“Confit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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