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Persian Rice with Duck Confit and Dried Cherries

In this pielike Persian dish, the bottom layer forms a golden crust of basmati rice.

  • Servings: 8
Persian Rice with Duck Confit and Dried Cherries

Source: The Martha Stewart Show

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 legs duck confit, skin removed, shredded (igourmet.com)
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons
  • 1 pound russet potatoes (about 2)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Bring water, cinnamon, and 3 tablespoons salt to a boil in a medium pot. Gradually add rice, stir, and cook until grains are tender but slightly firm in centers, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain rice; discard cinnamon sticks. Mix in duck confit, dried cherries, and melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Peel potatoes, and slice about 1/8 inch thick using a mandoline. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a large (10-inch) pot or heavy skillet (preferably nonstick) over medium heat, swirling to coat. Arrange 3 layers of potatoes in pot in a circular pattern, overlapping slightly, working from the outside.

  3. Sprinkle cilantro over potatoes, and top with rice mixture, pressing down lightly to form an even layer. Place a cotton kitchen towel or a piece of cheesecloth directly on surface of rice, covering completely. Cover pot, and cook for 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until potatoes are crisp and golden brown around edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove towel. Run a rubber spatula around edge of pot, and invert onto a serving platter.

Cook's Note

Duck pairs well with cherries, but you can substitute shredded chicken or leave out the meat entirely.

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