2018 ASPIRING STUDENT CHEF FINALIST: BILLIE UNDERWOOD

Wood Pigeon with Cobnuts

"I choose this dish due to a family tradition back on the farm where we would have homemade game dishes made by my dad, I wanted to show my dad the skills he has shown me by doing a dish similar to his own dishes"

Ingredients

For the carrot purée:

  • 50g of shallots

  • 300g of carrots

  • 200ml of carrot juice

  • 20g of butter

  • 100ml of water

  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • Salt to season

For the wood pigeon:

  • 4 wood pigeon breasts

  • 30g of butter

  • Salt to season

To finish:

  • 4 baby carrots

  • 3 tbsp. of cobnuts    

Method

1. For the carrot purée, melt the butter in a saucepan on a low-medium heat. Add the shallots and sweat until translucent. Add the carrot and cook for a further 4 minutes. Add the carrot juice, thyme and water and simmer until the carrots are soft.

2. Strain the liquid and blend the remaining contents. Add the reserve liquid slowly until a thick, smooth purée is formed. Season to taste and pass through a fine chinois. Set aside in a small saucepan. Prepare the bok choi by cutting in half length-ways and washing thoroughly. Blanch in salted boiling water for one minute and refresh. Set aside on absorbent towel for later use 4 bok choi.

3. For the wood pigeon breast, place a large frying pan on a medium to high heat. Season both sides with salt. Add the butter to the pan, as soon as it begins to foam place in the breasts, skin side down. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden, turn and cook for a further 4 minutes, remove from the pan to rest and reserve the juices in the pan for later.

4. Sauté the bok choi in a hot pan until slightly golden, season with salt and remove from the heat 20g of butter salt to season. To plate, pour the warmed through carrot purée onto each plate. Place the bok choi in the middle of each plate, slice each breast into three and arrange over the bok choi.

 

5. Finish by sprinkling each plate with the cobnuts, baby carrots and juices from the pan.

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