Pigeon pies with bramble gravy

Pigeon pies with bramble gravy

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 4

These puff pastry parcels are packed with rare cooked game, Savoy cabbage and pancetta. Serve with a blackberry gravy

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • unbaked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
747
protein
38g
carbs
40g
fat
44g
saturates
17g
fibre
2g
sugar
4g
salt
2.4g

Ingredients

  • 8 Savoy cabbage leaves, stalks removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • small knob of butter
  • 8 skinless pigeon breasts
  • 8 pancetta slices or thin streaky bacon
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 375g pack puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten

For the gravy

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 handfuls blackberries
  • 1 tbsp Crème de Cassis (optional)
  • 1 tbsp port
  • small glass of red wine
  • 250ml game or beef stock

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Method

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil, cook the cabbage leaves for 1 min, then drain and place in cold water. Once cool, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan. Sear the pigeon for about 30 secs on each side until browned, then transfer to a plate and set aside the pan as is. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  3. When the pigeon has rested, make 4 parcels by sandwiching 2 breasts together, wrapping them tightly in the cabbage leaves, then criss-crossing 2 slices of pancetta over the parcel to secure. Set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry until it’s the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out 4 x 12cm circles and place on a greased baking tray. Sit a cabbage parcel in the middle of each circle. Roll the pastry trimmings out again and cut out 4 more circles about 16cm in diameter. Brush the edges of the pastry on the tray with the beaten egg, then drape over the larger circles and pat them round to make a large ‘ravioli’, trying to expel any air. With a fork, push the sides together. Brush the pies generously with egg, poke a small airhole in the top of each, then sprinkle with salt flakes, if you like. Bake the pies for 20 mins until the pastry is dark golden. Remove and leave to rest for 10 mins.
  5. Meanwhile, make your gravy. Put the pan with the pigeon cooking juices back on the heat and sizzle the shallot until golden. Stir in the flour and cook for a few mins until sandy. Add the blackberries and cassis (if using), Port and wine, then bubble down. Add the stock and simmer for a few mins until you have a gravy. Set aside and reheat when the pies are ready. To serve, carefully carve each pie in half so you see the cross section of breast, and serve with a little of the sauce poured around.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2013

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