Cranberry Lacquered Capon

Cranberry Capon
Cove, Houston TX


For the cranberry-chicory glaze

  • 1/2 Tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon  shallot, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon  peppercorns
  • satsuma, zest
  •   kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup  cranberry juice
  • 1 Cup  demi-glace
  • 1/4 Cup  Grande Marnier
  • 1 Tablespoon  chicory coffee
  • 1/4  lemon, juice

For the capon

  •   Two 4-5 pound capon, legs removed and held for confit
  • 4 Cups  kosher salt
  • 2 Cups  cranberry concentrate
  • 1 Cup  honey
  • gallons water

Chef Philippe Gaston of Cove in Huston gives us a recipe using the unusal capon bird for Thanksgiving dinner.


For the cranberry-chicory glaze

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, sweat shallots in butter for 2 minutes until translucent. Add all other ingredients, excluding demi-glace. Reduce by 3/4. Add demi-glace and simmer for 20 minutes or until at sauce consistency. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Add zest and adjust seasoning with salt and lemon juice. Reserve hot.

For the capon

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Rub the capons thoroughly with the salt and cut off the tail to allow drainage. Place the capons on a rack set in a shallow pan and refrigerate for 24 hours. Wash the salt from the capons under cold running water and remove any excess fat from the skin.

In a large pot over high heat, bring 2 gallons of water to a boil. Stir in the honey and cranberry. Immerse the capons in the boiling honeyed water for 3 minutes. Remove, drain, and set on a wire rack in a roasting pan. Put in the oven for 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees, and cook for another 45 minutes or until the skin resembles black lacquer.


Calories per serving:

2,712 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 703g 1,082%
  • Carbs 328g 109%
  • Saturated 206g 1,029%
  • Fiber 12g 47%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 303g
  • Monounsaturated 300g
  • Polyunsaturated 148g
  • Protein 775g 1,550%
  • Cholesterol 3,077mg 1,026%
  • Sodium 68,611mg 2,859%
  • Calcium 792mg 79%
  • Magnesium 973mg 243%
  • Potassium 9,648mg 276%
  • Iron 49mg 270%
  • Zinc 50mg 332%
  • Phosphorus 7,591mg 1,084%
  • Vitamin A 1,566µg 174%
  • Vitamin C 161mg 268%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 180%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 5mg 320%
  • Niacin (B3) 299mg 1,496%
  • Vitamin B6 15mg 750%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 273µg 68%
  • Vitamin B12 14µg 237%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 16mg 81%
  • Vitamin K 115µg 144%
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