Partridge Roast with Cabbage, Bacon and Marsala

An ideal winter warming recipe, Mike Robinson cooks partridge with leafy Savoy cabbage in this hearty dish
By Mike Robinson
Partridge Roast with Cabbage, Bacon and Marsala
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 4 crowns of partridges, (breasts still attached to the bone, but wings and legs removed)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 12 slices pancetta, or smoked streaky bacon
  • 25 g butter, plus extra for deglazing
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 100 g pancetta lardons
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Savoy cabbage, sliced
  • 100 ml chicken stock
  • 200 ml marsala


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Season the partridge crowns and lay a sprig of thyme on each, then wrap them in 3 slices of pancetta each, securing with cotton string. Heat the butter and oil in a heavy ovenproof pan, and sear the breasts until they are a good golden colour. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. In the same pan, fry the onions until beginning to soften, then add the pancetta lardons and cook until beginning to brown. Add the crushed garlic and sliced cabbage to the pan and sauté for a few minutes. Pour in the stock and lay the partridge on top of the cabbage. Cover with foil and cook in a preheated oven for
10 minutes. Remove the foil and make sure the birds are just cooked (the juices should run clear); if they are not give them 5 minutes more.

3. Remove the birds and cabbage from the pan and set aside to rest. Bring the pan to the heat and deglaze with a glass of Marsala. Add a knob of butter to the pan and incorporate into the wine.

4. To serve, pile some cabbage on a plate and lay a partridge crown on top. Pour a tablespoon or so of the intense Marsala sauce over each one and enjoy!

This recipe is from Wild Flavours (Cassell Illustrated)

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