Guinea Hen Baked in Salt and Herbs


Chef Christopher Kostow
Serves 4

Guinea Hen Jus
3 tbs (40g) extra-virgin olive oil
10 lbs (4 1/2 kg) guinea hen carcasses, from roasting
1 lb (480g) carrots, diced
1 lb (480g) celery, diced
1 1/3 lbs (600g) onions, diced
4 1/2 gallons (about 18L) chicken stock
lemon juice
Twin Sisters Olive Oil

Guinea Hen Preparation
one 2–3 lb guinea hen
1 lemon, cut in quarters
3 1/2 lbs (1600g) kosher salt
1/3 cup (20g) parsley leaves
2 2/3 tbs (10g) tarragon
3 1/3 cups (800g) egg whites
about 4 (20g) garlic cloves extra-virgin olive oil

Maitakes à la Grecque
1/2 lb (225g) maitake mushrooms
1 cup (236g) white wine
1/2 cup (118g) water
1/4 cup (60g) white wine vinegar
1 tsp (4g) coriander seeds
3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp (1g) black peppercorns
1/2 tsp (1g) fennel seeds
2 tsp (5g) thyme leaves
1/3 cup (70g) Twin Sisters Olive Oil
1/3 cup (100g) lemon juice
Maldon sea salt

Potato Puree
1 2/3 lbs (750g) katadin potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
kosher salt
2 cups (490g) cream
2/3 cups (150g) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (200g) crème fraîche greenhouse salad, for garnish
preserved lemons, sliced

For the Guinea Hen Jus
Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot. Roast the guinea bones on all sides then remove from the pan. add the carrots, celery, and onion and continue to roast on high heat to caramelize the vegetables, about 8 minutes. add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature and simmer the broth for 6 hours. strain through a chinois and return to the heat. Reduce the liquid by 80 percent, or until it is dark and slightly thick. strain once more through a chinois and cool in the refrigerator. to serve, heat about 1 cup of the jus in a pot and season with lemon juice and twin sisters Olive Oil.

For the Guinea Hen Preparation
Prepare the guinea hen by removing the wing tip portion as well as the offal. Stuff the lemon into the cavity of the guinea hen and truss tightly so that the skin is taut around the bird. Allow to air-dry in the refrigerator for at least 1 day. Place the kosher salt in a food processor and turn the machine on. Add the parsley and tarragon and pulverize with the salt. Slowly add the egg whites to aerate and stiffen them. Remove the salt meringue from the food processor and place into a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Place the guinea hen on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Using small amounts at a time, mold the salt crust around the guinea hen, ensuring there are no gaps in the
crust. Once a smooth surface has been achieved, place into a convection oven set at a temperature of 500°F (260°C). Bake for 35 minutes then remove from the oven. Rest the guinea hen for 25 minutes then crack the crust and allow to air-dry. Remove the breasts and the leg quarters from the carcass and bones, reserving the carcass for making the jus. Pour the olive oil into a cast iron pan and place on high heat. Roast the breast and the leg quarters skin-side down for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once crispy and golden brown, remove from the pan and slice the pieces into halves.

For the Maitakes à la Grecque
Break the maitakes from the clusters into individual pieces. Place the white wine in a sauce pot over high heat. Reduce the liquid by half and then add the water, white wine vinegar, coriander seeds, bay leaves, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, and thyme leaves. Remove from heat and steep warm for 1 hour. add the olive oil, then season with lemon juice and Maldon sea salt. Cool the liquid to room temperature and place in a shallow container. Add the maitakes and place the entire vessel into the chamber of a vacuum-sealing machine. Compress twice and store the marinating mushrooms in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

For the Potato Puree
Season the potatoes with salt and place into vacuum- sealing bags. Cook at 200°F (93°C) for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the cream and butter in a small pot and heat to a simmer. Once the potatoes are cooked, pass them through a tamis then place in a medium pot. Add the cream and melted butter to the potatoes, mixing with a spatula just to combine. Season with the crème fraîche and kosher salt. Hold in a warm place.

To Serve
Spoon a small amount of the potato puree in the center of a bowl. Place one slice of the guinea breast, thigh, and leg around the potatoes. Arrange a few of the maitakes on and off of the guinea hen, and garnish with the greenhouse salad and preserved lemon slices. Pour a small amount of the sauce lightly over the top of the dish and serve.

Wine Pairing
Napa valley Pinot Noir

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