Friday, March 27, 2009

Duck Stock Risotto with Portobello and Chard, with Hazelnut Gremolata

For some reason -- let's say it's because JS somehow comes home with a duck or two every couple of months -- we seem to be having more duck at home. I guess that very first duck opened the floodgates.

From ducks come duck carcasses, and from duck carcasses come duck stock.

We had some duck stock sitting around in the refrigerator. Further rummaging around yielded these other items: there's the duck stock, portobello mushrooms, Swiss chard, bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano. . .

...and some duck fat.

And so, we decided to make risotto. With bacon. And duck fat.

Oh yeah, this is a dual-fat risotto!

Duck Stock, with mushroom stems
Before I started the risotto, I started heating the duck stock. I threw in the stems from the portobellos.

(I had the hardest time trying to remember what this photo was depicting. Those mushroom stems threw me in for a loop!)

Sautéed Portobello Mushrooms & Swiss Chard
The most important thing is this step is to render out some bacon fat. Of course, I kept those crisp bacon pieces and set them aside.

I sautéed the portobellos and the chard separately.

In the residual bacon fat in the pan, I sautéed the sliced portobellos first and set those aside.

For the swiss chard, I decided to keep the stems and so had to add them to the pan first. When the stems were just about soft, I added the greens and cooked until they were just wilted.

Time for making the risotto!


I used the standard risotto method to make this dish.

I sautéed some onions and garlic in some duck fat until the onions had softened. I then added the arborio rice. I let that cook until the rice was toasted. I added a touch of white wine, let that cook for a bit, then proceeded with the ladling of the duck stock.

You know how it goes. Add stock and stir. When the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, repeat.

When the rice was more or less done, I stirred in the chard and mushrooms. I finished the whole thing off with some butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano.


Oh, remember our hazelnut gremolata? There it is again. It has hazelnuts, parsley, lemon zest, garlic and salt.

This dish was what we originally made the gremolata for. I topped each serving of duck stock risotto with the hazelnut gremolata and some shaved Parmigiano.

Oh, you're wondering about those crispy bacon pieces? Well, by the time the risotto was done, all the bacon had been snatched up and nibbled on by other people. I didn't even get to eat a piece... well, maybe two.

Anyway, the risotto was great, of course! ;)

Although, I do wish the color was cleaner and lighter, and the overall look was not too "busy". But, I didn't want to get rid of those red chard stems, nor did I think I had to remove the gills from the portobellos. I also really wanted the hazelnut gremolata with my dish.

The components of this risotto went really well together. The duck stock provided the requisite depth of flavor, the portobello mushrooms were nice and meaty, and the chard was just plain good. With all the umami going on, the hazelnut gremolata with its bright citrus notes and pungent spikes, not to mention the texture contrasted provided by the roast hazelnut pieces, just put this over the top.

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[eatingclub] vancouver Duck dishes:
Duck Shepherd's Pie, or "Duck Coop Pie"
Duck and Orange Crêpes with Orange-White Wine Sauce
Duck Stock Risotto with Portobello & Chard, with Hazelnut Gremolata
Shredded Duck and Rice Noodle Soup
Duck Enchiladas with Chipotle Peanut Salsa

And of course, our $5 Utility Duck Series, where all the following were made using one duck:
Duck Breast with Pomegranate-Chipotle Glaze and Guava-Jalapeño Salad
Duck (Interim)
Roast Duck Legs with Cabbage-Portobello Pappardelle
Duck Fat Potatoes
Duck Tortellini in Brodo


  1. Your risotto sounds perfect, guys! And what I wouldn't do for some home rendered duck fat in my fridge right now (just may have to buy a duck tomorrow!)

  2. that looks like a decadently good risotto

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  4. Sounds fantastic! Wish I had some duck stock. I do have duck fat, however... maybe I'll make risotto this weekend. Thanks!

  5. Robin at Caviar and Codfish:
    Thanks! And congratulations again on the engagement! =)


  6. I love the photo of the butter and cheese about to be stirred into the risotto. Having made risotto many times before I know from that photo how delicious the room is about to smell and how glorious the texture is about to become as the butter and cheese melt into the rice.

    Damn I'm hungry now.

  7. Tin:
    I always like it when we make people hungry! =D


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