So what to do when your husband returns from a hunting trip with a beer cooler full of dead ducks? Make Duck Bog of course! Actually, I didn't make this Mangia Monday dish. I have a policy in my house: "You kill it, you cook it." This is a recipe that's been in Jeff's family for decades (with some modifications) and one we look forward to enjoying every duck hunting season. The recipe is called pilau (pronounced per-low) but we call it a bog, mainly because you can add just about anything you want to the recipe as long as you keep the liquid to rice ratio balanced. Think peppers, beans, sausage, or venison, etc. Like most of the recipes I post here it's so easy & fairly versatile. Bonus: if my husband can make it, so can yours ;)
- 2 cups roasted duck meat
- duck carcass
- 1 lb sausage, either ground or smoked sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped, 1 TB of that needs to be grated
- 3/4 cup celery, finely chopped including leaves
- 2/3 cup uncooked wild or white rice
- 4 cups water
- 2 TB butter
- splash of heavy cream
- kosher salt, freshly ground pepper & paprika
- hot sauce (we use Texas Pete)
- optional: chopped peppers, chopped mushrooms, kidney beans
- Break the duck carcasses apart and add to a large stock pot with 4 cups water, 1 large onion chopped (minus 1 TB grated), and the chopped celery leaves.
- Simmer for 1 hour, then strain. Discard the duck carcasses, onion & celery. Bring the duck stock to a boil and slowly add in your rice. Boil on med for 30 minutes or until rice is fully cooked.
- While you're making the duck broth, cook your sausage & duck meat in a skillet. Duck meat is lean so do not overcook!
- Strain the rice, but reserve your pot liquor.
- Melt 2 TB butter in a skillet, then add in the chopped celery & grated onion, sauteing for 5 minutes.
- In your large stock pot mix in the sauteed celery & onion, the duck meat, cooked rice, 1 cup pot liquor, a splash of heavy cream, and any optional ingredients.
- Mix well, adding in your seasonings and hot sauce, to your taste. Heat to piping hot then serve!
I typically serve Jeff's Duck Pilau with a mixed green salad and some crusty bread. Because the recipe makes about 6 servings we usually freeze half of the bog for later. Let me know what you think or if you have any favorite recipes to make from your family's hunting game.
Mangia Mangia y'all!