Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Orange-Braised Pigeon

Serves 2

2 Whole Pigeons
Unsalted Butter
50 gm Onion, chopped finely
1 Clove garlic, chopped
1 Dessertspoons grated Orange Rind
6 Dessertspoons fresh Orange Juice
2 Dessertspoons fresh Lemon Juice
1 Fresh Bay Leaf

1] Press firmly down on the breasts of the pigeons to snap the rib cages and flatten them slightly. Cut out the back bones with kitchen scissors, leaving the rest of the ribs and the legs on, and open the pigeons as flat as possible. Trim off loose pieces of skin and pat dry all over.

2] Melt some butter over a medium heat and lightly brown the pigeon. Set them aside.

2]  and cook the chopped onion and garlic until soft, but avoid browning.

3] Add the orange rind and citrus juices and continue cooking uncovered until most of the juices have evaporated.

4] Push the onion to one side
Redistribute the onion, turn the pigeon breasts uppermost and add the bay leaf; then cover and braise over a medium to low heat for 35-45 minutes, basting with the orange butter from time to time.

About 15 minutes before serving, wash and slice the greens thinly and cook in a little boiling salted water until wilted and soft, but still a bright green. Arrange in a circle on two hot plates. Place a pigeon in the middle of each and then strain the cooking liquid (discarding the onions) over the greens.