Four-bird-roast with all the bells & whistles

Heard of ‘Turducken’ before? Well this four-bird-roast is kind of like that, with extra quail thrown in the mix to liven things up a bit!
It’s a turkey, stuffed with chicken, duck & quail – all perfectly deboned of course.
It’s really a Christmas roast, or perhaps better suited to a Sunday lunch extravaganza… We decided to enjoy ours mid-week, mid-Feb, you know, live a little!

The menu includes:
Four-bird-roast
Cauli-mash
Tomatoes in olive oil
Creamy mushroom sauce
Cucumber & corn salad

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For the roast:
Rub with olive oil, salt & pepper and cover with foil.
Roast in a pre-heated oven of 180C for an hour. Remove foil and roast uncovered for another hour {for a 2kg roast}.
They also come with a nifty little pop-up timer to signal when it’s ready. But yes, work on 2 hours.
Once your bird is cooked, let it rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

For the cauli-mash:
Steam or boil a large head of cauliflower until tender, then purée using a food processor / blender / stick blender.
Add a large chunk of butter and season with salt & black pepper.

For the tomatoes:
Use a pan just big enough for the amount of tomatoes you want to use and cover the bottom with olive oil. Fill the pan with small tomatoes {cherry is best} and let it cook until the skins burst. Don’t throw away the oil! This is the most amazing sauce for the cauli-mash.

For the mushroom sauce:
Dice an onion and sauté in olive oil and butter.
Add sliced mushrooms, oregano & garlic and sauté until the mushrooms are cooked and browned.
Season with salt & pepper and add about a cup of cream. Reduce the heat and let it reduce to a thickish sauce.
Add a ladle of the juices from the roast and stir well to ensure everything is mixed properly. Deeelish!

{Enjoy this feast with any green salad – I just made a very simple salad using up some leftover bits from the fridge: diced cucumber, sweet corn kernels, lettuce, olive oil, white wine vinegar and a lemon & black pepper seasoning.}

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