The term confit means "preserve" and it's typically a technique that is used to preserve meat, primarily duck, by using its own fat as the preservative. BUT there are no rules (are there?) and I kept seeing different versions of confit in restaurants, so I thought I'd give it a try. To keep eating clean fun and flavorful, using foods and flavors like this is a must. It changes a simple meal into an outstandingly simple meal. Plus you just sound so fancy saying it and you can impress people with your culinary skills.
I use it in all different ways. I blend it all up to put on top of a meat, or I'll just use the basil & garlic infused oil for a salad dressing or the whole mixture on top of a salad. Because it is "preserved" it will last in your fridge for about 2 weeks if placed in an airtight jar, like a mason jar. So you can just make a big batch, have it in your arsinel for the following 2 weeks and turn that grilled chicken into nothing short of amazing!
Serving size: 16 oz.
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 26 minutes
- 2 heaping cups of cherry or grape tomatoes (I used a rainbow variety for fun)
- 2 cups of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 tbsp. of salt (sea salt or pink Himalayan salt)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a oven safe dish, lay out tomatoes evenly making sure none are stacked on top of each other.
- Smash garlic just enough release flavor and drop them in the dish with the tomatoes, evenly distributing them throughout.
- Add in the whole basil leaves, also evenly distributing them.
- Cover the tomatoes with the olive oil to the point where they are almost completely submerged, just leaving a bit of the tomatoes sticking out the top.
- Season with salt.
- Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes. You will know they are ready when your whole house smells like the heavens of Italy, is that a place?
- Once bubbling and browned, pull it out of oven and let it cool completely before putting the whole mixture into a airtight container, like a mason jar. Place it in your fridge.
- It will keep for two weeks, if it even makes it that long!
Peace and Clean Eats,