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    Pigeon pastilla.


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    Pigeon pastilla.

    Post  Admin on Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:37 pm

    Ingredients for 6 servings.
    2 tbsp vegetable oil

    6 onions, chopped

    5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, grated

    1 tsp ground cloves

    1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    175ml/6fl oz chicken stock

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    3 oven-ready pigeons

    8 free-range eggs, beaten

    50g/1ľoz unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

    handful chopped fresh parsley

    handful chopped fresh coriander

    few saffron strands

    1 tsp sugar

    250g/9oz flaked almonds, toasted, roughly crushed

    3 sheets filo pastry

    icing sugar, to serve

    Preparation method
    1.Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan and fry the onions for 6-8 minutes, or until softened.

    2.Stir in the ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and stock and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the pigeons to the pan.

    3.Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for one hour, skimming off any impurities and adding more water if the mixture looks dry.

    4.Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

    5.Remove the pigeons from the pan and set aside to cool. Remove the meat from the pigeons and shred roughly. Set aside.

    6.Meanwhile, continue to cook the onion mixture until thickened.

    7.Add the beaten eggs, butter, herbs, saffron, sugar and almonds to the pan and cook over a gentle heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, or until the mixture resembles scrambled eggs. Remove from the heat.

    8.Meanwhile, butter a large ovenproof dish and line with the filo pastry letting the extra pastry hang over the edge.

    9.Spoon the scrambled egg mixture into the dish and top with the reserved pigeon meat. Fold the overhanging pastry on top and brush with more melted butter.

    10.Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden-brown on top.

    11.To serve, turn the pastilla out onto a plate and dust with icing sugar.

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