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Squab with cherries and foie gras

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time105 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyHard

For the squab

4 whole squabs
4 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves
270g salt
410g duck fat
60ml brewed Darjeeling tea, at room temperature
30g butter, at room temperature

For the cherries

300ml ruby port
55g dried cherries

For the radishes

1 bunch baby radishes, tops reserved for garnish

For the squab:
1) Remove the breasts and legs from the squab. Crush the garlic and bay leaves, and mix together in a large bowl with the salt. Pack the squab legs in the salt mixture and cure for 30 mins. Rinse under cold water. Put the legs and duck fat in a saucepan, bring to a simmer, and cook until tender. Remove from the fat and let cool.

2) Put the tea and butter in a food processor and process to combine. Place the duck breasts in a ziptop bag with the butter mixture. Set aside.

For the cherries:

1) In a small pot, bring the port to a boil and cook until reduced by half. Pour the port over the cherries to rehydrate them. Once the cherries have plumped, strain the liquid. Return to the saucepan and reduce until syrupy.

For the radishes:

1) Put the radishes in a pot with the water and butter. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender and well glazed.

For the sweet tea glazed foie gras:

1) Cut the foie gras terrine into an attractive shape. Add the gelatine to the hot sweet tea in a bowl, and use the mixture to glaze the terrine.

For the assembly:

1) Bring a saucepan of water to 57C. Put the ziptop bag with the squab breasts in the water, and poach until medium rare (do not cook above 60 degrees C). Remove the breasts from the bag. Roast them, skin side down, until crispy.

2) Arrange the squab on a serving platter, drizzle with cherries and reduced port. Serve foie gras and radishes on the side.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representations as to the results.

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