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Pigeon Pittas with Pea and Peppercorn Purée

This is a way of serving up pigeon kebab style. Apart from being wonderfully alliterative, it’s very tasty. Incidentally, if you take the breasts off pigeons you have shot yourself, or bought whole, never throw away the carcasses. Roasted, they make excellent stock.





  • 1.

    Slice each pigeon breast into 3 or 4 pieces and place in a non-metallic bowl. Add all the ingredients for the marinade, and mix well. Cover with a plate and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • 2.

    Remove the meat from the marinade and wipe off any bits of herb sticking to it. Put the pittas into a toaster, or on a dry griddle, just before you start to cook the pigeon.

  • 3.

    Heat a griddle or a heavy frying pan without any oil, then add a small drizzle of oil to the surface. Throw on all the sliced pigeon breasts and flash-fry, turning occasionally with a spatula, for just 3–4 minutes.

  • 4.

    Remove them from the heat while you prepare the pittas.

  • 5.

    Split the toasted pittas open with a knife and gently push apart the sides to open them up like a pocket. Put some lettuce and onion in the bottom of each, then pile in the hot pigeon pieces. Top it off with a generous smothering of pease pudding and sieved fruit chutney.


This recipe is from 'The River Cottage Cookbook' special edition. Published by Harper Collins. RRP$59.99.

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Andrew Graham

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are the best wines to pair with Pigeon Pittas with Pea and Peppercorn Purée.


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