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Thanksgiving Best Turkey Stuffing Ever

For this Thanksgiving I decided to try a new and more interesting stuffing with a home invented recipe. The good thing is that it turned out to be the best Turkey stuffing ever.

Best Turkey Stuffing Ever

  • 200 grams of fresh baked white bread in crumbs
  • 150 grams of dried mango
  • 150 grams of stick celery
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 single clove garlic
  • Fresh Basil, Oregano and Cilantro (about one loose handful of each)
  • 200 grams of melted butter Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 small can (1,5 dl) of coconut milk

Follow these steps:

  • Chop the stick celery, the mango, and the onion in small pieces.

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  • Melt the butter and add the vegetables in a casserole.
  • Chop the bread in small square pieces.
  • Chop the fresh spices.

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  • Add all to the butter and the vegetables.
  • Add the coconut milk

Let it all Cook until the bread is completely soaked and all the ingredients are well blended. Stuffing03 .

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Duck risotto with mushrooms

When I was in Lyon, France in November 2012 I had a Duck Risotto at Bistro Le Bouchon aux vins. The taste of the Duck Risotto never left my mind and I really wanted to taste this delicious dish again.
I didn’t manage to make it exactly the same as in that Restaurant, but this recipe is nothing less than awesome itself…
Ingredients
  • 400 ml boiling water
  • 600 ml  hot poultry stock
  • 250 ml dry white wine
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamico
  • 2 duck breasts, about 340 g (12 oz) in total, skinned
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 340 g (12 oz) risotto rice
  • 10 grams Porcini / Cepes mushrooms
  • 500 grams mixed fresh mushrooms, such as Chanterelles, aroma mushrooms and champignons or other if you prefer that.
  • Parmesan cheese to your taste.

How to make the Duck Risotto

  • Put the porcini mushrooms in a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Leave to soak for 20 minutes, then drain, reserving the soaking liquid. Finely chop the mushrooms and set aside. Strain the liquid into a saucepan. Add the stock and keep hot over a very low heat
  • Clean the Duck Breasts and cut the extra fat in small pieces
  • Brush 1 tsp of the oil over a ridged cast-iron grill pan and heat it. Add the duck breasts, reduce the heat to moderate and cook for 8–12 minutes, turning once, until done to your taste. Remove from the pan and leave to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes, then cut into thin slices. Keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the remaining oil in a wok like saucepan, add the onion and garlic, and fry gently for 4–5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the fat from the duck breasts and fry like bacon in the oil with the onion and garlic.
  • Add the rice and stir for about 1 minute to coat it with the oil.
  • Add the wine and bubble until it has almost all been absorbed. Stir in the thyme and basil, then add a ladleful the stock. Bubble, stirring frequently, until it has almost all been absorbed, then add another ladleful of stock. Continue adding the stock gradually in this way – total cooking time will be 15–20 minutes. The risotto is ready when the rice is tender but still firm and the texture is moist and creamy.
  • Add the balsamico and the creme fraiche.
  • About 5 minutes before the end of cooking time, heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil and the butter in a large frying pan. Add the fresh mushrooms and sautéover a high heat for 4 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir the mushrooms and the porcini / cepes into the risotto together with the duck and any duck juices. Add the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pan and leave to stand off the heat for 5 minutes before serving.

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