© David Malosh
Rice with Duck and Apricots
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 10 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4 to 5
George Mendes's signature dish includes poached duck breast and homemade duck confit. Buy the confit instead, and forgo the breast.
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3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 plum tomato, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
Pinch of saffron threads, crumbled
1 cup arborio rice
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 confit duck legs, skinned and meat coarsely shredded
1/4 cup thinly sliced chorizo
1/4 cup sliced pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup diced dried apricots
Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderately low heat until softened, 5 minutes. Add the tomato and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Stir in the paprika and saffron. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add half of the broth and gently simmer until absorbed, 8 minutes. Stir in the duck, chorizo, olives and apricots and season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining broth and bring to a boil.
- Bake the skillet uncovered until the rice absorbs the liquid and is tender, 16 minutes.
Spicy, blackberry-rich red from Portugal's Dão region.