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Warm Salad Of Pigeon, Bacon And Black Pudding

Warm Salad Of Pigeon, Bacon And Black Pudding


  • 8 Pigeon Breasts, skin off
  • 16 rashers Smoked Streaky Bacon (preferably dry cured)
  • 1 Black Pudding, as firm as you can find
  • splash of Jerez Vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Mixed fresh leaves, washed and dried
  • Thick Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Grain mustard
  • Honey
  • Maldon Salt & Freshly ground Pepper


Make the French Dressing by mixing 2 parts Extra virgin olive oil to 1 part white wine vinegar. 1 tsp mustard and 1 tsp honey, with a little salt & pepper to season. Whisk together and set aside.

Slice the bacon into lardons and cook until crispy in pan with no added oil. Drain on Kitchen paper.

Cut the black pudding in bite-size chunks and heat through in a pan with a little olive oil until faintly crispy on the outside but still soft throughout.

Rub pigeon breasts with olive oil and salt and pepper just before cooking. Sear and really hot pan for 1 ½ mins on each side.

In the last 30 seconds, splash a little Jerez vinegar over the pigeon and allow to reduce. Set aside to rest for 3-4 mins. This will allow the juices to redistribute themselves giving an even pink throughout.

Lightly dress your salad leaves with the French dressing and pile in the centre of each plate.

Sprinkle the bacon and black pudding around the leaves.

Carve the pigeon breast on an angle into 3-4 slices and arrange on top of the leaves.

Drizzle the Balsamic Vinegar around the edge of the leaves with another drizzle of French Dressing.

Sprinkle some Maldon salt and a grinding of pepper and serve immediately.
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