Warm Guinea Fowl Salad

Gamey guinea fowl is complimented by bacon pieces and a cider vinegar-dressed baby corn and leafy salad in this warm salad by Michel Lemoine
By Michel Lemoine
Warm Guinea Fowl Salad
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 1 x 250 g guinea fowl
  • 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper
  • 100 g streakylardons of bacon
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 100 ml cider vinegar
  • 150 ml olive oil

For the salad

  • 2 large handfuls mixed salad leaves
  • 1 tsp snipped chives
  • 1 tsp coarsely chopped chervil
  • 6 baby sweetcorn, blanched
  • small handful blanched fine French beans
  • 100 g croutons, toasted

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. Score the skin of the guinea fowl with a sharp knife and season with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan over a moderate heat and sear skin side down. Leave to cook for 2-3 minutes, until the skin is crisp and the fat melts away. Turn the guinea fowl over and sear on the flesh side before cooking in a hot oven for 3 minutes if you like your meat medium rare. Allow 1-2 minutes longer if you prefer it well-cooked.

3. Remove half the fat from the pan along with the guinea fowl. Fry the bacon pieces in the remaining fat for about 5 minutes, until crisp. Add the shallots to the pan and continue cooking for a minute, until they've softened. Add the vinegar and oil to the pan, and cook down until reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper, and leave on one side to cool slightly.

4. Pour the dressing over the leaves, chives, chervil, baby corn, beans and croutons, and toss to combine. Divide the salad between 2 plates, slice the warm guinea fowl and arrange on top. Serve straight away.

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