Duck Breast With Beetroot Risotto

Simon Rimmer's colourful risotto, using fashionable beetroot, goes deliciously with succulent roast duck
By Simon Rimmer
Duck Breast With Beetroot Risotto
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  • Serves: 1
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 duck breast, with skin
  • black pepper
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • 25 g butter
  • 1/2 red onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 150 g arborio risotto rice
  • 01 splashes white wine
  • 2 boiled beetroot
  • 1 tsp thyme, leaves only
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 radishes, sliced
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes
  • 01 splashes cream


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Cut 3 deep slashes across the skin side of the duck breast. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.

2. Place the duck breast skin side-down in a heavy-based ovenproof frying pan. Over medium heat fry the duck breast until the skin is crisp, around 8 minutes. Turn the duck over to seal the other side. Transfer to the oven and roast the duck for 8-10 minutes until cooked to taste.

3. Meanwhile, make the risotto. In a small saucepan bring the chicken stock to a simmer.

4. In a separate, heavy-based saucepan heat the butter until melted. Add the onion and garlic and fry over medium heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, around 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook stirring for a couple of minutes.

5. Add about a third of the simmering chicken stock. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook stirring over medium heat until the stock has been absorbed. Add the stock a ladleful at a time and stir until the stock has been absorbed. Continue this process until all or most of the stock has been added to the rice and the rice is just cooked.

6. Mix in the beetroot and the thyme. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and fry the radishes until just softened, 2-3 minutes.

7. Add the fried radish and the cherry tomatoes to the risotto. Stir a swirl of cream into the risotto.

8. Slice the roast duck breast. Serve the beetroot risotto with sliced duck breast on top.

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