Offal Dirty Rice

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I like when I can figure out how to take a maligned category of game meat and turn it into something presentable that even a picky eater might enjoy. So, when I shot my first buffleheads last season, I was immediately thinking of things to try. Many people turn their noses up at both divers and offal and that is a shame. Those people are wrong and should be shown the error of their ways. A little prep and you can make a side or an appetizer that is likely to appease anybody.

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Offal Dirty Rice

Recipe by Chase WallerCourse: Wild Recipes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

2

hours 
Cooking time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • At least 4 diver duck gizzards, cut into quarters

  • At least 4 duck hearts

  • 2 or more duck livers

  • ½ cup long grain wild rice

  • 1 cup water plus more for brine

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1/3 cup bacon grease or enough to cover the bottom of the skillet

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp basil

  • Coarse kosher salt

  • 4 tbsp Italian bread crumbs

Preparation

  • Mix a few tbsp of the kosher salt in a non-reactive container and add organs.
  • Brine for up to 2 hours. Change the water after one hour.
  • Rinse and dry organs as well as possible. Heat bacon grease over medium heat.
  • Chop organs into small chunks and add to grease. Saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add diced onion and saute another 3 minutes.
  • Add rice, seasonings, and water. Bring to a simmer. Cook until rice is done. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove mixture to a bowl and add breadcrumbs. Mix well. Adjust seasonings to taste. The mixture should mold easily and should not be dry and crumbly.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form mixture into approx. 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Serve with dipping sauce. Spicy and/or mustard-based works great.

Chase Waller

Chase Waller is a Mississippi-born outdoorsman with a passion for hunting, culture, and food. After joining the Air Force in 2011, he has hunted, fished, hiked, and camped across the globe. Currently residing in Riverview, FL with his wife and son, Chase spends his time exploring public lands, looking for new adventures, and tinkering with recipes. He is also an active member of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

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