Will I still have friends after this post?

by Matt on December 9, 2008


Funny how my brain works. Like one time I unlatched a screen from the second story window of our home and jumped out and landed in the bushes.

I was three years old.

Another time I thought it’d be “cool” to take a black permanent marker to my Donny Osmond doll. But what’s even more disturbing is that I had a Donny Osmond doll.

Fast forward about 30 years later. My brain is still short-circuiting and doing the strangest of things. But luckily they don’t involve bodily injury or staining Mormons.

Today I had a huge chunk of duck rillette in my fridge. I also had oil, corn tortillas and fresh salsa.

I think you can see where I’m going with this.

Small tortilla triangles went into hot oil in a skillet until golden brown, pieces of rillette went on top of those chips and then salsa went on top of that. And can I tell you something?


No, really.

I mean, like, really freakin’ awesome.

And trust me, I’d even use the real F word if my mom wasn’t a reader of this blog.

So there you have it. Duck Rillette Nachos.

Am I strange? I mean, it’s like carnitas, no? Can we still be friends?

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Lito S. December 9, 2008 at 7:39 am

No clue what duck roulette is. But it looks good to me. For din, let’s just wrap some in a flour tortilla. a real white flour tortilla, none of those rainbow colored wrap/tortilla bullshit. Wash it down with tecate, and for dessert, flan. mmmmmm

w. December 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

omg yes, yes, yes. i *love* duck rillettes, and combining them with nachos sounds divine. now i’m gonna have to make some rillettes too!

susan c December 9, 2008 at 8:12 am

It looks like your “risk taking” is finally paying off. This looks/sounds fabulous. And is that a margarita you’re sipping?

J Wade December 9, 2008 at 8:28 am

Looks delicious. Not surprising from a man that as a child fashioned a baton out of a shower curtain rod.

MattArmendariz December 9, 2008 at 8:36 am

It sure is! A tiny one though, it was only 11am.

MattArmendariz December 9, 2008 at 8:41 am

What a strange brown child.

Amy December 9, 2008 at 8:56 am

yum duck. And nachos.

Yvo December 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

We can still be friends… IF YOU INVITE ME OVER THE NEXT TIME YOU DO THIS! lol :)

MattArmendariz December 9, 2008 at 9:07 am

Ok then — consider it a deal!

Uncle Beefy December 9, 2008 at 9:42 am

Well, Matt…my mouth is watering! It sounds fine by me! But ask my partner…if it involves a tortilla chip I’m ALL over it! Okay, and the margarita wouldn’t hurt much either! ;)

Oh…and p.s. ~ I had the Donny doll too! I swear it was a gift and I had NO choice in the matter! I bet it’s even sitting in my parents’ garage! But even I had the good sense as a child not to go and attempt “black face” on the poor thing! Honestly, Matt! ;)

matt wright December 9, 2008 at 10:45 am

Oh blimey. Matt, Matt, Matt… You might quite possibly be the first person to put duck rillette on a tortilla.. but now I am certain not the last!

Duck rillette is pretty much good on anything – but this does indeed look awesome!!

And thanks to you my friend, I now know more about my wife.. I thought I knew everything about her, but no.. I now find out that she too had a Donny Osmond doll!

MattArmendariz December 9, 2008 at 10:54 am

Hey, great minds think alike! Can’t wait to chat duck and donny next month
with her :)

K December 9, 2008 at 11:23 am

YES!!!!!!!!!! I just finished making my annual batch of duck rillettes and this’ll be great to surprise my peeps! Thanks a bunch (going back into lurk mode)

Kathryn Hill December 9, 2008 at 11:25 am


I read your twitter but since we aren’t mutually following each other, I can’t direct msg you. re: kale, it is indeed yummy. It makes real good wraps if you don’t have tortillas. I like to slather a leaf with baba ghanouj or muhammara and fill with meats, grains, vegs, and roll.

Dinosaur (or cavalo nero) kale is essential for an Italian winter soup called ribollita.

Holly Hadsell - El Hajji December 9, 2008 at 11:35 am

It would probably be good with just confit also. You have inspired me. I have some left over braised short ribs. I am going to make tacos with them . Off to buy some tortilas!

MattArmendariz December 9, 2008 at 11:47 am

YUM! Thank you so much for those suggestions and I’m adding you on Twitter
right this very darn’ tootin’ second!

kathleen December 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

haha this is one of those rich person things… like lobster nachos in New England. You make do with what you got, man.

kickpleat December 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

raddest post ever. really.

MattArmendariz December 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Why thanks!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js December 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Duck nachos sound fantastic! I’ve always thought duck and corn went wonderfully well together.

EB December 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

God I’m so glad I’m not the only one who makes whacked out concoctions…. and loves them.

Kristin from Syracuse December 9, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Well you still have a friend in Syracuse :) ((that was an easy answer :) ))

Greg December 9, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Oh HELL yes! I’d eat that & drink the margarita for breakfast.

Amanda December 10, 2008 at 12:50 am

I’ve never had duck, so I’ll have to take your word for it on this one–but I have no doubt it’s delish!

How on earth did I miss the Donny Osmond doll? I used to sneak out of bed at night to watch the Donnie & Marie show…

Reuben Morningchilde December 10, 2008 at 4:28 am

Duck rillettes is good with almost everything. So why not nachos?
You liked it, I’d probably love it as well, so why worry?
Isn’t that the great thing about cooking? Finding out what suits one’s tastes best in ever new ways?

Thanks for the post!

Katie December 10, 2008 at 6:20 am

Ummmm, almost any and everything tastes better when applied to the top of a freshly fried corn chip. Lovely. And now I’m starving and it’s 8 in the morning.

catdawg December 10, 2008 at 7:20 am

Well, I had the Donny and Marie dolls and the Donny and Marie record player! I thought I was the only “brown” kid with such items.

MattArmendariz December 10, 2008 at 7:40 am

Man oh man, it’s so nice to know I’m not alone.

Joy the Baker December 10, 2008 at 10:26 am

The best nachos can be made from the strangest things. These look so full of YUM!

Brooke December 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Are you kidding me? Of course we’ll still be friends. And then this friend, will ask you friend, to bring over some duck rillette nachos and we can call it a day!

MattArmendariz December 10, 2008 at 12:08 pm

You got yourself a deal :)

Chicken Fried Gourmet December 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm

sounds good to me, Chad over at Chadzilla.typepad.com does a duck confit with manwich …..mmmmmm :)

Julie December 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm

I have been a silent reader of your blog for a long time now and I just have to tell you how much I love it. Your pictures are beyond gorgeous, love your writing style and you’re hysterical!! Please don’t ever stop! :)

MattArmendariz December 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Julie, thank you thank you thank you!

Melissa December 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Sounds good to me! :)

Angie D from Ohio December 13, 2008 at 5:00 am

lol…. staining Mormons. I almost shot diet coke out my nose from laughing.

Have a great weekend!

Leah Greenstein December 13, 2008 at 9:27 am

All the more so for your creativity and sense of adventure, Matt.I’m going to have to try these if I ever happen to have spare duck rillette in the house.

White On Rice Couple December 13, 2008 at 3:36 pm

*wiping eyes* duck rillette nachos with homemade salsa?! I just think you’ve just fortified our friendship beyond all boundries…

We want some!!! Don’t know what that beverage is, but it looks pretty bitchin good.

Dan December 14, 2008 at 4:10 am

You don’t still have your Donny Osmond doll?

You can’t have mine.

Duck rillette nachos? I’m there.

jacoba December 14, 2008 at 9:22 am

Yup, we certainly can!!!

Jonitin December 14, 2008 at 9:57 am

Don’t sweat it, that is totally cool and carnita way!

Deborah Dowd December 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

The duck rillette nachos are fine by me,but the Donny doll….

Hedonia December 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I’ll be your BFF if you make me those duck rillette nachos!

Yazmena December 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm


food magazine philippines December 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Wow! yummy nacho really good taste i love it,thanks for blogging about this.


heidi December 16, 2008 at 3:27 am

hahaha, love “it’s like carnitas, no?”.LOL.
I will give it a try for reaserch purposes, and it will be an interesting research since I’m mexican and my bf is a frenchie chef, but who knows, we might like it!!


Jonitin December 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm


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