This month Kiwi Master Chef Chris Coubrough (from ITV’s Coastal Kitchen and The Flying Kiwi Inns) shares his seasonal recipe for Pot Roasted Partridge with Confit Legs

Serves 1

Chris Coubrough Pot Roast Partridge Preparation time 30 mins, cooking time 20 mins


1 Partridge
3 Cloves of garlic
3 Rashers of bacon
Duck fat
2 Large Potatoes
70g Butter
2 Large Beetroot
Glass of Red Wine
1 Small Onion
1 Savoy Cabbage
150ml Vegetable Stock
White Wine

Pot Roasted Partridge with Confit Legs Method

Remove legs from bird by pushing hip joints out of the sockets and cutting free with small knife.

Cook legs slowly in small roasting tray, just covered with duck fat, 2 cloves of squashed garlic and a stick of thyme. Cook for 45 minutes or until tender.

Trim partridge crown and seal in hot pan.

Drape one rasher of bacon over breasts and put in a hot oven (200°c) for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and rest in a warm place for 3 minutes and discard the bacon.

Carve partridge breast from carcass by cutting down either side of the breast bone and then follow the rib cage out to winglet.  Cut both breasts off.

Ideally serve the legs & breasts on a potato rosti, sautéed savoy cabbage with bacon & roasted beetroot.

Spoon a light game jus around the outside.


Potato Rosti Method

Part boil the potatoes in their skins for 10 minutes and allow to cool.

Peel the skin away and grate the potatoes.

Season and add 50g diced butter.

Fry the potato in a little oil and butter using a pastry cutter to keep the shape.

Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.


Roast Beetroot Method

Peel two large beetroot and chop into wedges.

Put into a roasting tray with a little oil, a glass of red wine and two sprigs of thyme.

Season and roast in oven for 1.5 hours, gas mark 4.


Sautéed Savoy Cabbage with Bacon Method

Finely slice the bacon, onion and cabbage, chop the garlic & thyme.

Fry the bacon, onion, garlic & thyme in a large pan and add the cabbage and some pepper.

Cook for 2 minutes.

Add a splash of white wine and half of the vegetable stock.

Keep cooking over a low flame for 7-8 minutes whilst stirring and gradually adding the remaining stock.

Add a teaspoon of butter and check seasoning.

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