Cranberry Lacquered Capon

Cranberry Lacquered Capon
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Cranberry Capon

Cove, Houston TX

Cranberry Capon

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
68g
76%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
98g
75%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
32µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
138mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
33mg
3%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
26µg
7%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
25mg
8%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
44mg
6%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
150mg
10%
Water
266g
10%

Cranberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cranberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.