Grilled Pigeon, Beetroot and Spinach
( SERVES 6 )
Photo by Grant Allen
|3||Pigeons, or 6 quail|
|2 cups||White sugar|
|2 Tbsp||Olive oil|
|2 cloves||Crushed garlic|
|2 sprigs||Fresh thyme|
|1 tsp||Fennel seeds, toasted and ground|
|1||Lemon, 2 ribbons of peel|
|100 g||Spinach leaves|
|1 to taste||Salt & freshly ground pepper|
- Take the pigeon breasts off the bone.With a sharp boning knife, follow the rib cage, sliding the knife along neatly. (to give 6 breasts or 6 quail to give 2 breasts per serve. Alternatively, 3 whole poussin and use 1 breast for each serve)
- Crack the knife through the wish bone and detach each breast.
- Dice and cook the onion with the garlic and sliced celery, then add the fennel seeds, thyme and bay leaves.
- Cook down, add the wine and cool. Pour over the breast and leave overnight.
- Heat the grill or barbecue, or you could also pan fry the breasts.
- Bring the breasts to room temperature and season well.
- Pop on the grill or hot pan and cook for a few minutes on each side. They should be pink on the inside.
- Leave to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- While the pigeons are resting, prepare the salad.
- In a bowl mix beetroot that has been sliced into wedges and baby spinach leaves.
- To serve, slice the breasts thinly and mix with the salad, capers and dressing