Rabbit Lasagne

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Rabbit Lasagne

The dish was created for the last Tuscan night at the Pot Kiln and was a roaring success. It is melt in the mouth tender and worth every bit of effort to make it. This is a dish for when you have time to get stuck in. It can be made in advance and finished in the oven when you are ready for it. 

Ingredients (Serves 8) 

  • 4 Wild Rabbits, offal removed and jointed up
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Duck or Goose fat to cover
  • 8 Rosemary Sprigs
  • 4 Garlic Bulbs, cut in half across the equator (skin on)
  • 4 Leeks, cut down through the middle then sliced into half moons
  • Fresh Lasagne Sheets (buy more than you think you need, you can freeze what you don't use)
For the Sauce:
  • 100g of Butter
  • 3 Tbsp of Plain Flour
  • ½ Pint of Full Fat Milk
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Cloves 
  • 200g of Parmesan (24 month aged parmesan has the best flavour)
  • Salt & Pepper

  1. Put the rabbit joints into a large dish and cover with the fat.  Push in the rosemary and cover with grease-proof paper so it touches the fat.  Put on a tight fitting lid and cook in the oven for 3-4 hours until meltingly tender. At the same time, put the garlic bulbs into aluminium foil parcels, drizzle with a little olive oil and scrunch them up so they are sealed.  Cook for 1 hour in the oven. Gently sauté the leeks in butter until they are soft but not coloured. Cool.
  2. Make the béchamel sauce by heating the milk with a bay leaf and the onion skinned and studded with the cloves.  Add a few whole black peppercorns.  Melt the butter and stir in the flour, then cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat, stirring to prevent burning.  Slowly add the milk through a sieve and stirring to combine. When all the milk has been added check the consistency.  It should be runny enough to pour but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  If too thick, add more milk until correct.  Grate half the parmesan into the sauce.  Cool with greaseproof touching the top to prevent a skin forming.
  3. When rabbit has cooled slightly, pick all the meat off the bones and discard the bones.  Tear the meat into bite-sized pieces and mix through the two thirds of the sauce with the leeks.  Squeeze the flesh from the garlic bulbs into a bowl and squash slightly before adding to the sauce as well.  Season well.
  4. In your lasagne dish, start layering the meat with the pasta sheets, starting with the meat and finishing with a layer of pasta.  Spread the remaining white sauce over the top and grate the remaining parmesan over the top. When ready to cook, put in pre-heated oven at 180c for 20 mins or until bubbling and golden.  Serve with fresh salad leaves. 

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Pave of Venison with Pomme Puree and Green Peppercorn Sauce

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Pave of Venison with Pomme Puree and Green Peppercorn Sauce

People travel from far and wide to come to the Pot Kiln and eat this, our most famous dish. It was inspired by the French form of butchering a "slab or tile" from the haunch of beef or lamb. It involves separating the primal muscles from the thigh, then trimming off all silvery sinew and fat until you are left with a piece of meat that looks like fillet but has the flavour of rump. All the muscles are different sizes and depending on which you have cut down into paves the size of your fist. Depending on which species of deer you have the haunches will be completely different sizes, so is hard to be specific about how many you will get from any particular beast. We would expect to get 11 paves from on haunch of Roe Deer, which is one of the most tender and delicious of all the British species. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Paves of Venison
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme
  • Pepper
  • 3 Desiree Potatoes
  • 200ml of Double Cream
  • 150g of Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Trimmings from Paves
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 2 Celery Sticks, chopped
  • ½ Red Wine bottle
  • Splash of Port
  • Splash of Brandy

  1. Rub the paves with oil and tear off some of the thyme leaves and a good grinding of pepper. Don’t season with salt at this stage or it will draw out the juices from the meat.  Set aside (not in fridge as you need meat to be room temperature before cooking).
  2. For the sauce, fry in a little olive oil the trimmings and mirepoix (carrots, celery and onion) until dark browned but not burnt.  Add the wine and cook for an hour on a low temperature at a gentle simmer.  Strain out the meat and veg and return to a clean pan.  Add the port and brandy and reduce by half.  Stir through the marmite, ketchup and jelly, then add the peppercorns just before serving.
  3. Peel, chop and boil the potatoes until just cooked through. Strain and leave to steam for a couple of minutes so any excess water is removed. Push through a sieve, mouli or potato ricer to ensure there are no lumps. This is known to us as Dry Mash and can be stored like this for a few days.  Just before serving, heat the cream and butter in a saucepan with salt and pepper.  When hot, stir in the dry mash and beat until emulsified and soft.
  4. Heat a frying pan until searing hot and have your oven hot at its highest temperature (230c).  Sear the paves, one at a time, then put into a roasting tray with the rest of the thyme and roast for no more than 5 minutes. Take out of the oven and rest for at least 5 minutes on a wooden board.
  5. When ready to serve, have the potato and sauce hot, then smear your potato over the bottom of the plate.  Sit any green veg you have blanched on the potato, then slice the pave onto the veg.  Drizzle with sauce and serve immediately.

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Wild Rabbit Confit with Garlic & Rosemary

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Wild Rabbit Confit with Garlic & Rosemary

This recipe may look incongruous at first sight, however, trust us. It is absolutely amazing and you really do need the quantities stated. Don't try and cut back on any of the ingredients as it won't work. The wine and oil create an emulsion sauce which is delicious with sautéed new potatoes and griddled courgettes. Please be aware that rabbit is boney and it might be a good idea to warn your guests that there may be small bones on their plate. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Wild Rabbits, skinned and jointed into legs, shoulders and the saddle cut in two (make sure that the liver is removed). The belly flap and ribs and pelvis can be omitted
  • Plain Flour
  • 1L of Olive Oil
  • 1L of White Wine
  • 5 Bulbs of Garlic cut in half
  • 20 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Lemon, squeezed

  1. Start by heating a small amount of olive oil in a frying pan. Dip each joint of your rabbit in seasoned flour and dust off any excess.  Fry the rabbit joints a few at a time, to colour, then transfer to a larger casserole dish.
  2. Pour over the olive oil, wine and add garlic and rosemary. Stir. Make a cartouche of grease-proof paper (a circular piece to fit the top of the pan) and push down so it sits on top of the liquid.  Do not put a lid on, as we want the liquid to reduce a bit during cooking.  Cook for 2 – 3 hours on a quiet simmer.  
  3. When ready, squeeze over the lemon juice and season to taste.  Serve immediately as the emulsion will separate if left to cool.  The meat should be meltingly tender and falling off the bone.  Give each guest one leg, one shoulder and one loin section.

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Pheasant Ravioli with Whisky Sauce

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Pheasant Ravioli with Whiskey Sauce

This is a revelation as it is a fabulous way to use up pheasant thighs and utterly delicious in its creamy whiskey sauce. A real winter warmer. Making pasta is a lot easier than you might imagine, but you could use fresh lasagne sheets. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 400g of Flour
  • 4 Large Free-Range Eggs
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Semolina Flour for holding the Ravioli
  • 4 Pheasant Thighs, boned and chopped
  • 1 Shallot, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 Glass of White Wine
  • Splash of Double Cream
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 200ml of Fresh Chicken Stock
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • 4 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • 200ml Double Cream
  • 50ml Scotch Whiskey

  1. Make your filling first.  Gently sauté the onion and garlic until soft, add the pheasant and white wine.  Gently simmer until pheasant is just cooked.  Transfer meat and veg to a Magimix and blend with the cream to a smooth paste. Keep the cooking liquid for sauce.
  2. To make the pasta, put flour, eggs and salt in the Magimix and blend until dough comes together.  You may need to knead a bit more flour in if its very sticky.  Start rolling the dough through the pasta machine, always keeping it dusted with flour.  On setting 1, run a small piece of dough through, then immediately fold into three.  Run through the machine in the opposite direction to the previous time.  Repeat three times, then move to setting 2.  Do exactly the same as on setting 1.  On settings 3, 4 and 5 don’t fold the pasta at all.
  3. As soon as you have a flat strip, dot the filling down the centre with 1cm spacings until halfway along the sheet.  Using a pastry brush, dampen around the filling, then fold over the other side of the pasta sheet to cover the filling.  Press each ravioli individually from the centre of the filling, outwards, to remove any air pockets.  Stamp out with a cookie cutter or cut around the ravioli with a knife.  When each ravioli is made put into a deep dish and cover it with semolina flour so that they don’t all stick together.
  4. For the sauce, sauté off the shallot and garlic as before.  Add a touch of the wine from cooking the pheasant, then the stock, cream and rosemary.  Reduce until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.  Remove the rosemary, season and add the whisky.  Keep warm. Blanch your ravioli in boiling salted water and remove into a bowl.  Mix the sauce with the ravioli and serve with grated Parmesan and some rocket salad.

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Roast Partridge with Bread Sauce

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Roast Partridge with Bread Sauce 

This dish makes a lovely Sunday lunch or smart main course; however table manner aside, nothing beats picking up the bird at the end and nibbling off those last juicy bits from the legs & wings! 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Young Partridge, plucked and gutted
  • 8 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2 Bulbs of Garlic
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Butter
  • 4 Slices of Streaky Smoked Bacon
  • Salt and Pepper
For the bread Sauce:
  • 1 Pint of Whole Milk
  • 1 Shallot
  • 20 Cloves
  • 2 Sprigs of Thyme
  • Pinch of Nutmeg

  1. Spread the legs wide to even cooking time.  Cut your bulb of garlic in half across the equator and stuff ½ up the cavity of each bird along with 2 sprigs of Rosemary.  Season the top of the bird and spread with a little butter and lay bacon over the breasts.
  2. Roast in a pre-heated oven (200c) for 20 mins then rest for 20 mins with a cloth over the top.  This allows the juices to relax back into the meat, making it juicy and succulent.
  3. For the bread sauce – peel the shallot and stud with the cloves.  Pour milk into a saucepan and heat with the onion and the thyme.  Just before boiling point, turn off and leave to infuse.  In a food processor, whiz up the bread til you have crumbs (use the pulse button as its not so fine).  Stir the bread into the milk (onion & thyme removed) and warm to thicken.  Add nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with all the trimmings: game chips ( potato slices crisped up in hot oil), roast potatoes, good quality redcurrant jelly and slow braised red cabbage. Pour the roasting juices over the meat. 

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Confit Duck Legs

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Confit Duck Legs 

This is a classic French dish that we have speeded up without losing any of the flavor. It is the basis of a Cassoulet and also can be adapted to make Chinese duck pancakes by switching the French herbs for Chinese spices. The goose fat may be expensive but it can be reused and reused, just strain and store in the fridge or freezer until required again. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Duck Legs, with the Achilles tendon cut & the thigh bone removed (leave the shin bone in)
  • Duck or Goose fat to cover
  • 4 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Table Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

  1. Make sure the Achilles tendon is cut right through at the ankle so that the meat can shrink down, leaving a pretty bone for presentation. Once the thigh bone is removed, wrap the skin and meat around so that it is in a nice round.
  2. Lay out in a deep roasting tray and chop the thyme over the legs. Sprinkle liberally with salt (much more than you think you need; it is part of the preserving process) and pepper. Cover with the fat and push in the bay leaves then put in a low oven 160c for 2 hours until the meat is soft and the bone is revealed.
  3. Allow to cool and store covered in the fat until required, when the legs can be removed and sprinkled with a few breadcrumbs and roasted in the oven until golden and piping hot.

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