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Roast pheasant, Koffmann cabbage and pomegranate sauce by Tim Payne

04 November 2008

Ingredients
(Serves four)

For the pheasant

2 pheasants, wishbone and legs removed
Seasoning
80ml rapeseed oil
For the Koffmann cabbage
200g Savoy cabbage
50g carrot
50g celeriac
50g pancetta
15g goose fat
100ml double cream
Seasoning

For the pomegranate sauce

4 pheasant legs
40ml rapeseed oil
20g shallot
20g carrot
20g celeriac
1 pomegranate
1/4 litre chicken stock
1dsp grenadine
4tbs cooked polenta

Method

For the pheasant, preheat the oven to 200°C. Season the pheasants, then heat the rapeseed oil in a frying pan and brown the breasts, for about five minutes on each side. Place the birds in the oven for 10 minutes and rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.

For the cabbage, cut the carrots and celeriac into small batons of equal size. Cut the pancetta into lardons. Cut the cabbage into 1in squares, without vein. In a good heavy-bottomed pan, heat the goose fat with the pancetta. When it is nicely coloured add the carrots and celeriac and season. After one minute add the cabbage. Cook until cabbage is soft. Drain in a colander, put back in the pan, add the cream, mix for 20 seconds, check seasoning and remove.

Prepare the sauce in advance and reserve: remove the meat from the pheasant legs and chop into small pieces. Dice the shallots, carrot and celeriac. Fry the leg meat in a pan with a little rapeseed oil, add the shallots, celeriac and carrots and caramelise. Scoop out a spoonful of pomegranate seeds and reserve.

Pour the hot chicken stock over the vegetables. Add half the pomegranate seeds and juice and grenadine. Reduce by half and pass through sieve. Add the rest of the seeds, infuse for 30 minutes and strain again. Taste the sauce. Reduce slightly until it is a good consistency. Cover and leave on side of stove.

To serve, pile the cabbage at back of plate, put a spoon of polenta in front of plate. Take the breast off the bone, slice and arrange on the polenta. Add the reserved pomegranate seeds to the sauce and pour over the pheasant.

Tim Payne, head chef, Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, London

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