Mushroom and Duck Risotto

mushroom and duck risotto - trust in kimAfter roasting a duck that came from this farm, I saved some meat and made a broth with the bones. The final product even tastier than the roast duck dinner. I used the duck broth, some of the meat, white wine, lots of wild mushrooms and some parmesan to give it loads of flavour. This would also be great without the duck, maybe using some chicken, or a vegetarian dish using vegetable broth instead.

Risotto isn’t difficult to make; it just takes some attention, as you need to stir it frequently and add the liquids slowly so it ends up with a nice creamy texture.

I found this recipe on the blog ‘Bossy Italian Wife.’ I changed the recipe a little by mixing some Parmesan into the risotto instead of just using it as a garnish. I also used wild mushrooms rather than button, but feel free to use what you can find or like. Also I didn’t have gravy to add to the risotto, but it was really good without it.

This makes two generous portions, or can be used as an appetizer for four people.

What you need:

  • a few teaspoons of duck fat
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups duck stock (kept warm on the stove)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • some leftover duck meat, pulled apart with a fork or your hands
  • 150 grams or more (5 ounces) mixed wild mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus a little to garnish

What you do:

  1. Heat the duck fat at medium-high heat in a medium-sized pot.
  2. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook until they begin to brown.
  3. Add the rice to the pot and stir it for about a minute, allowing it to brown. Turn the heat down to medium.
  4. Add the wine to the pot and stir until it is absorbed into the rice. Don’t rush this process. Some good music will allow you to enjoy the stirring, and you’ll end up with the best risotto.
  5. Add a ladle-full of stock to the rice, stirring until it is absorbed. Keep adding, stirring, allowing each portion of stock to be absorbed before adding more. It should take about 20-30 minutes to cook the rice completely. Towards the end of the cooking time, begin testing the rice by biting into a piece to see if it is done. If it is still crunchy, keep cooking.
  6. When the rice is done add the duck meat and Parmesan. Let the duck heat through, then serve immediately, topped with a little more Parmesan cheese.



Kim’s Fabulous Mushroom and Arugula Risotto

Stuck for a dinner idea, I asked a friend what I should make for my company tonight.  She said risotto, so I thought about the arugula I had in the fridge and what else I could do with it to make the risotto amazing.  So I found some great shiitake mushrooms and a few other thing, and set to work.  Really, there’s a bit of chopping and a whole lot of stirring, so it’s easy but well worth it, all creamy and comfort-foody.  The sherry is optional, but I love mushrooms cooked in sherry.

I served this with a salmon fillet poached in white wine with salt, pepper and a little lemon.

What you need:

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 sweet onion, minced (or white onion – but sweet ones don’t seem to make me cry as much)

2 cloves garlic, minced

10-12 button mushrooms, shopped

10-12 shiitake mushrooms, sliced

a few splashes of sherry (optional) (I used Oloroso Nutty Solero from Spain

1 cup arborio rice

1 cup white wine

3-4 cups chicken stock or water, heated

salt and pepper to taste

1 large handful arugula

1 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup grated parmesan

What you do:

1.  Heat the butter, then add the onions and garlic, cooking until translucent.

2.  Add the mushrooms and the sherry and cook until the mushrooms are softened.

3.  Add the rice and stir until the edges of the rice start to become translucent.  Add the wine and bring to a boil, stirring. Keep stirring until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

4.  Add about 1/2 cup of stock at a time, bring to a boil each time, stirring constantly.  Keep adding more liquid and absorbing it until the rice is cooked.

5.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the arugula,peas and Parmesan, over the heat, until combined.  Serve it right away, but it’s also good for leftovers.