Roasted Guinea Fowl with Peverada

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 guinea hen, 3 to 3 1/2 pounds
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 4 tablespoons
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 link Italian Lugania sausage, skinned and crumbled
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1/4 pound chicken livers plus liver and giblets from guinea hen
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bunches Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/2 cup
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  • Rinse hen and pat dry. Remove liver and giblets and set aside. Place sprig of thyme and 1/2 lemon in cavity of bird, rub bird with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season inside and out with salt and pepper and place on roasting rack in roasting pan in oven. Cook for 50 minutes or until juices run clear from knife cut at thigh joint.

  • To prepare sauce, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a 12 to 14 inch saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and sausage and cook until soft but not brown. Add 2 tablespoons water, if it starts to brown. Add sage, guinea hen giblets, and liver and chicken liver and continue cooking slowly for 8 to 10 minutes, or until everything is soft and gray. Add orange zest and juice, vinegar, sugar, cinnamon, chili flakes and black pepper and simmer five more minutes, mashing with a potato masher to form a fine paste. Remove guinea hen when cooked, let rest 5 minutes, carve and bring to table. Place peverada in a bowl and serve on the side.


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