loading...

Portuguese Rice with Duck "Arroz de Pato"

Hello Friends!

This week I bring you a recipe from Portuguese gastronomy. A very traditional dish that I have tasted on my latest vacation, and it conquered my palate. But before I start cooking, I would like to tell you a little more about the origin of this excellent rice dish.

Garlic

Where "Arroz de Pato" come from?

The recipe is typical of the Alentejo region, which means "beyond the Tajo", a river that originates in Spain, crosses Portugal and flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon, the country's capital. This region is located in the southern half of Portugal, where rice fields abound.

Rice production in Portugal is a Muslim heritage. However, its cultivation was forbidden due to the risk of malaria. During the 19th century, planting gradually resumed, or at least officially, because it seems that rice never disappeared and became a source of enrichment for Portuguese agriculture.

Rice

Click and discover the Benefits of eating rice.

Initially, this fantastic recipe was made from wild ducks. Possibly it arose as an alternative to reuse useless food. But it ends up becoming very famous, especially for the texture and flavor of the duck meat.

Well, here is my humble version of this tasty rice. I hope you like it and try to make it at home. You will see what fantastic flavor this rice has.

Olive oil and pepper

Ingredients 4 Tapas

  1. Duck Magret 400 g
  2. Chorizo 1
  3. Bacon 100 g
  4. Rice 400 g
  5. Leek 1/2
  6. Onion 1/2
  7. Green bell pepper 1/2

Vegetables

  1. Carrot 2
  2. Tomato 1
  3. Two cloves Garlic
  4. Bay leaf 1
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper 1/2 tsp
  7. Pimentón (Paprika) 1 tsp
  8. Powdered cloves 1/2 tsp
  9. Red wine 100 ml
  10. Chicken stock 800 ml
  11. Parsley

Preparation

As always, I start by preparing the vegetables.

  1. Cut all the vegetables into cubes of about 1 cm, except the garlic that we will do in brunoise. Preserve them to use later.

Chopped vegetalbes

On the other hand, I prepared the duck breast.

  1. Remove the fat and reserve a small part to cook it later.
  2. Cut the duck breast into three parts. Two parts are cut into cubes, and one part reserve without cutting for cooking differently.

Duck

Now we have all the ingredients to start cooking.

  1. Cover the base of a medium-size pot with olive oil, and add the reserved duck fat cubes.
  2. Set the pot over medium heat. When it is hot, add the chopped vegetables except for the tomato. Season and cook them over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  3. When the vegetables take color, add the bacon and the diced duck. Cook them for another 10 minutes approx.

Arroz con pato

  1. Season it and put the paprika, the clove powder and the tomato. Stir well and pour the red wine in.
  2. When the alcohol evaporates, after a couple of minutes of boiling, add the rice. Mix everything, add the bay leaf and the chicken stock.
  3. Cook everything together for 15 minutes since the rice is placed.

Portuguese rice

  1. Once this time has elapsed, serve the rice in a clay dish.
  2. Place two chorizo slices on the top that I have previously blanched and put them into the oven at 200 degrees for 5 minutes.

Rice with duck

  1. During this time, cook the part of the duck that we had reserved.
  2. Season the meat, and in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil, pan-fry it to the point you like.

Duck

  1. When the rice is ready, put a couple of slices of duck on top and finish decorating it with parsley.

Rice with cuck

If you want to enjoy the complete Portuguese experience, click this link and enjoy.

Thank you very much for the support you are showing me on Instagram and Facebook with your comments.

Have a Tasty Day!

2 Ratings | Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Chef H. Delgado Ebook

I’m Chef H. Delgado

It is a pleasure for me to invite you to discover the best dishes and ingredients of Spanish cuisine. Receive my best Spanish recipes via e-mail

Latest entries of my blog

Andalusian Soup
Recipes

Andalusian "Sopa Perota" Recipe: Traditional soup with fresh ingredients and authentic flavors

This week, I want to share a special vegan soup you've likely never heard of or tasted. This recipe is quick, easy, and inexpensive; you only need a selection of garden vegetables and hard bread from the day before as the original recipe.

Read more
Travel

The legend of the world's most dangerous hiking trail, El Caminito del Rey

After a busy Christmas with a lot of work in the kitchen, we start the year by taking some fresh air in this beautiful and impressive part of the Spanish geography. I have visited the Gaitanes gorge to show you one of the most incredible trails in Spain, called the Caminito del Rey.

Read more
Recipes

Thistle with Almonds, a Christmas meal you may not know about

Christmas is approaching, and many people are considering what food to prepare for these special days to surprise and make their guests happy. And sometimes we are grateful for some ideas to cook a different healthy dish.

Read more
Recipes

Learn how to make the traditional Spanish Pie "Empanada"

This week I return to the north of Spain to bring you another of its star recipes. This traditional dish, with countless versions, has been modified over time depending on each country's and region's typical products until it became what it is today.

Read more
Recipes

Traditional Spanish pastries, "Buñuelos de viento" on All Saints Day

This week I bring you one of my favourite traditional sweets. It is a fried dough ball made with flour, eggs, water, milk and butter, usually filled with whipped cream, custard, chocolate ganache or other creams or jams.

Read more
Spices
Ingredients

The most used spices in Spanish Cuisine

This week I am opening my pantry to show you my favourite spices. I will give you some examples and tips on how to use them to achieve a good balance of flavours in your dishes and make them successful.

Read more
Chef H. Delgado Ebook
Chef H. Delgado Ebook

Subscribe now and get a free copy of my first e-book

The selection of these 12 old recipes of humble origin tries to show the more representatives products of my country. Enjoy!