Remove the duck skin and cut it into a julienne; youíll have about 1 cup. Render the skin in a large skillet over high heat, stir-frying until crisp and brown, for about 6 minutes. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels.
Shred the duck meat from the bones; youíll have about 2 cups.
Heat the oil in the same skillet with a bit of duck fat over high heat. Add the pumpkin, onions, garlic, and basil, and sautÈ for 1 minute. Stir in the rice and sautÈ, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the stock, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the butter. Simmer until the rice is tender and creamy, for about 18 minutes. Remove from the heat. Makes 8 cups.
To serve, allow 2 cups risotto each for 4 main-course servings; 1 cup each for 8 first-course servings. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with cracklings, pumpkin seeds, and Parmesan.
Yield: 4 main-course or 8 first-course servings