Wood Pigeon with Crisp Belly Pork and Lentils

Rich gamey flavours, sticky-coated pork and hearty lentils make for a substantial warming supper in this recipe by Martin Blunos
By Martin Blunos
Wood Pigeon with Crisp Belly Pork and Lentils
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  • Serves: 1
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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 3 tbsp Puy lentils
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 5baby onions
  • 125 ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 2 x 100 g wood pigeon breasts
  • 50 g pork belly
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • lemon juice, to sharpen, optional
  • salt and black pepper
  • cooked kale, to serve


1. Wash the lentils in cold water and transfer to a large pan along with the bay leaf, garlic, whole baby onions and wine. Barely cover with cold water, bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, until the lentils are tender. This should take about 50 minutes; set aside.

2. Heat a frying pan over a moderate heat and add the olive oil and half the butter. Season the pigeon breasts with salt and pepper and sear in the hot pan for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to rest, loosely covered with foil.

3. Cut the pork into thick strips and season with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick pan over a moderate heat and cook the pork in the dry pan until golden and crisp - this should take about 6-8 minutes. Pour off any fat from the pan and add the vinegar and honey. Toss the pork strips in the tangy honey mixture.

4. Reheat the lentils, adding any juices from the pan with the pigeon breasts. Add the remaining butter to the lentils, season well, and add a little lemon juice to sharpen, if liked.

5. Scatter the pork strips over the lentils and accompany with the sliced pigeon breast. Serve with wilted kale leaves.

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