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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 (about 1kg) guinea fowl
  • 150g bacon lardons
  • 250g long shallots, peeled and halved
  • 150ml white wine
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 75ml double cream
  • a small bunch tarragon or flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • mashed potatoes and greens, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Drizzle the olive oil over the guinea fowl and season generously, inside and out.

  • STEP 2

    Heat an ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat and brown the bird all over until golden, then remove onto a plate. Add the lardons and onions to the pan, and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the fat has rendered from the lardons and they have started to crisp. Pour in the wine and bubble for a minute before adding the stock and mustard. Sit the guinea fowl on top of the onions and bake for 15 minutes before turning down the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and roasting for another 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when pierced in the thigh. Remove from the oven and move the bird to a plate to rest, covered with foil, for 15 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, put the pan over a medium heat and pour in the cream. Bubble for 5 minutes until thickened, then stir in the tarragon or parsley.

  • STEP 4

    Pour any resting juices into the sauce and serve the guinea fowl with the sauce, mashed potatoes and greens.


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