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Multi bird Roast
Sun 6-Dec-09
10:37 pm
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ammoniteuk
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Hello all. This is my first post here, even though I have previously visited the site many times for some great recipes. I'm hoping that someone could suggest a proven recipe for a multi bird roast. One of my fishing buddies is also a keen wild fowler and has just provided us with the following game birds.

1 x Wild Goose

1 x Mallard Duck

2 x Widgeon Duck (small)

1 x Pheasant

2 x Partridge

1 x Woodcock

2 x Snipe (Tiny)

2 x Wood pigeon

The plan is to construct a multi bird roast for a large family meal / celebration on Xmas Day.

All birds are now plucked and gutted and in the freezer. Daughter number 1's boyfriend is a butcher who can easily de-bone all the birds prior to cooking. All we need now is a recipe !!

Anyone have any tips / recipes, stuffing suggestions?

Note. Being wild birds, they have very little fat content, so we are a little concerned that the roast may dry out during the (presumably) long cooking process.

Thanks for any tips that may follow

Mon 7-Dec-09
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Hello and welcome!  What a lucky person you are to have all that wild food.  I think you'll be able to  find directions on the River Cottage web-site, I know I saw Hugh F-W do it one year.  Good luck.

I'll try that again!

Mon 7-Dec-09
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Hello, ammoniteuk, and welcome to the forum. What a marvellous bounty for a proper feast.

Yes, I remember the HFW demonstration - smaller and smaller birds stuffed into the biggest bird. It was mouth watering stuff. Sorry we can't come up with some gems straight off but hopefully somebody will have experience of this.

Do please come back and let us know if you found a recipe or technique, or tell us what you did after the event.

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Tue 8-Dec-09
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Good quality pork stuffing meat will increase the fat inside the roast- layer it with the birds and baste the outside with goose fat/butter and lard with plenty of streaky bacon. If you cook them in a double layer of foil and baste ( see Delia's turkey method on her web page) you will keep them succulent.

Looking at your list of birds I would be tempted to do two roasts not one...firstly as some of your birds are quite simlilar in size and secondly as some of the birds will be more strongly flavoured than others. Divide them into gamey birds and less gamey tasting birds, using different flavoured stuffings to compliment the different meat flavours- perhaps chestnut based for the gamey birds, apricot for the ducks...

There is a recipe for a turkey ballotine on the bbc goodfood website, it will give you an idea of the cooking technique and timings- another reason for splitting the fowls into two roasts is so the cooking time isn't too long.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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Good quality pork stuffing meat will increase the fat inside the roast- layer it with the birds and baste the outside with goose fat/butter and lard with plenty of streaky bacon. If you cook them in a double layer of foil and baste ( see Delia's turkey method on her web page) you will keep them succulent.

Looking at your list of birds I would be tempted to do two roasts not one…firstly as some of your birds are quite simlilar in size and secondly as some of the birds will be more strongly flavoured than others. Divide them into gamey birds and less gamey tasting birds, using different flavoured stuffings to compliment the different meat flavours- perhaps chestnut based for the gamey birds, apricot for the ducks…

There is a recipe for a turkey ballotine on the bbc goodfood website, it will give you an idea of the cooking technique and timings- another reason for splitting the fowls into two roasts is so the cooking time isn't too long.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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