Roast Guinea Fowl with Thyme, Buttered Cabbage, Cocotte Potatoes and Guinea Fowl Broth

Enjoy a luxurious meal with James Tanner's splendid recipe for roast guinea fowl served with cabbage, potatoes and home-made broth
Roast Guinea Fowl with Thyme, Buttered Cabbage, Cocotte Potatoes and Guinea Fowl Broth
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 2 large large baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 70 g unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 guinea fowl breasts
  • 2 guinea fowl thighs, (de-boned)
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 Savoy cabbage
  • 3 sprig thyme, chopped

For the stock:

  • 1 guinea fowl carcass
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 head garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 leek, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream


1. First prepare the stock. Place the guinea fowl carcass, carrot, garlic, onion and leek in a large saucepan.

2. Cover generously with water, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3 hours or until the stock has reduced by two-thirds, skimming off any fat that rises to the surface.

3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.

4. Trim each potato quarter into a barrel shape.

5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 50g of unsalted butter in a roasting pan on the hob. Add the potatoes and the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

6. Season the guinea fowl breasts and thighs with salt and freshly ground pepper and brush with the remaining olive oil.

7. Place the guinea fowl in a roasting tray and cover with foil.

8. Transfer the potatoes and guinea fowl to the oven and roast for 20 minutes.

9. Meanwhile, place the Savoy cabbage in a heavy-based saucepan and add a splash of water and the remaining butter.

10. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes until the water has evaporated and the cabbage is just tender. Mix in the thyme and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

11. Strain the simmered stock into a fresh pan. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the whipping cream and blend until frothy using a hand blender.

12. To serve place the potatoes, cabbage and guinea fowl in a large serving bowl and spoon over the frothy broth.

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