Roasted wood pigeon on toast

Roasted wood pigeon on toast

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

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Serves 2
Cooking game on top of a thick slice of sourdough bread is a lovely rustic way to trap all of the juices. Add herbs and red wine for extra oomph

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal602
  • fat36g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 2 oven-ready wood pigeons
  • handful robust herbs such as thyme, sage and rosemary
  • 4 garlic cloves, bashed but not peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 150ml red wine (Chianti works well)


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Season the pigeons generously, stuff the cavities with nearly all the herbs, and place a garlic clove in each bird. Heat the oil and butter in an ovenproof shallow pan, and spend 5 mins browning the pigeons on all sides. Remove the pigeons and fry the bread on one side until crispy and golden, adding more butter to the pan if you need to.

  2. Turn the bread over and sit a pigeon on each slice of bread. Scatter the remaining herbs and garlic into the pan, and pour over the wine. Put the pan in the oven for 20 mins, then remove and leave to rest for 10 mins. Serve the pigeon straight from the pan with the bread.

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Tim Cook
5th Feb, 2018
Absolutely delicious! I had to to use thick slices of ciabatta which worked very well.
1st Jul, 2014
Really unusual but very very tasty! Very easy to prepare and impressive (if a bit rustic) results.
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