While in France on a culinary mission, to find inspiration for our French cooking classes and teambuilding cooking classes, Wickedfood cooking school came across this delicious roast pigeon at Le Petit Coq aux Champs, where it is a house speciality.


Vegetables in season
2 potatoes, coarsely grated
2 apples, coarsely grated
4 pigeons
Salt & pepper
5T soft butter
1/2 cup + 1T Pont Audemer (or berry liqueur)
1/2  cup water

  1. Clean, slice and steam the vegetables and keep warm.
  2. In a large frying pan, melt 1T butter. Arrange the grated potato in one thin layer, reduce the heat and fry. When golden brown and cooked through, spread the apple over the potato, gently flip, adding more butter if necessary and fry very quickly (the apple should still be crispy).
  3. Rub the pigeons with remaining butter, season with salt and pepper, and place in preheated oven set at 200°C, basting regularly with 1/2 cup liqueur. Roast for ± 15 minutes. Once cooked, cut pigeons in half, set the breasts and drumsticks aside, keeping warm.
  4. Deglaze the roasting pan with the water and add the bird carcasses. Boil over a high heat, to reduce by 3/4  and pass through a sieve. Add the remaining liqueur and adjust seasoning.
  5. Arrange a pigeon and some vegetables on each plate, and moisten with the deglazed pan juices.divide the potato into four portions, plate and serve.

Serves 4

See  the following articles on French food:

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A Taste of France

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Wickedfood Cooking School in Johannesburg runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Cooking classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). This Team building venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

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