Wafer-sliced duck risotto with spiced plums and star anise recipe

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Wafer Sliced Duck Risotto with Spiced Plums and Star Anise HERO
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  • Cost per serving: £3.66
  • 25 mins to prepare and 1 hr 15 mins to cook Takes: 25 mins to prepare and 1 hr 15 mins to cook
  • 4 Serves: 4

Preheat oven to Gas 6, 200°C, fan180°C. Place all the ingredients for the spiced plums and star anise sauce together in a pan, partly cover and simmer very gently for 20 minutes.

Switch off heat, remove lemon zest, add some black pepper and put to one side.

Season the duck breasts and then place skin side down in a hot ovenproof frying pan with a tiny bit of oil. Fry for 5 minutes, then pour out the excess fat. Fry for another 5 minutes, then roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Switch the oven off, turn the duck skin side up and leave to rest.

For the risotto, heat the olive oil and butter in a large pan and, when the butter is foaming, add the onion and garlic and cook on a very low heat for about 5 minutes to soften. Heat the stock in a separate pan and keep it simmering away.

Add the rice to the onions and garlic, turn up the heat and stir constantly. Pour in the wine straight away. Keep stirring until evaporated. Over a low heat, add the stock a ladleful at a time, stirring and allowing each amount to absorb fully before adding another. This should take about 25 minutes. The rice should be plump and fluffy but still have a little bite at the centre of each grain. Take the risotto off the heat and allow to rest briefly, covered with a lid. Add parsley.

Slice the duck very thinly and serve on top of the risotto, adding the sauce just at the final moment.

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Instead of plums you could use dark cherries or, for a savoury version, try diced aubergine and star anise.

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  • 4 duck breasts (skins on)
  • For the sauce
  • 4 ripe red plums, stoned, cut into small chunks
  • 200ml (7fl oz) red wine
  • 1tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 star anise
  • pared zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1tsp soft dark brown sugar
  • For the risotto
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 litre (1¾ pints) lamb stock
  • 300g (10oz) arborio risotto rice
  • 3-4tbsp flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 250ml (8fl oz) white wine
  • a little oil for frying
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Each serving contains
  • Calories 790 40%
  • Sugar 6g 7%
  • Fat 35g 50%
  • Saturates 8g 40%
  • Salt 1.8g 30%
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