Rhubarb-Glazed Squab

Photo by Kevin Miyazaki

Photo by Kevin Miyazaki

If you are so lucky as to come across fresh squab, here’s the recipe to follow! 


For 4 

For the Marinated Squab:

2 New York-dressed squab (feet on), leg and thigh portions removed, boneless breast removed from carcass (keep the carcass for future stock or discard)

1 stalk rhubarb (about 3 ounces), thinly sliced

1 large shallot, sliced

1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced

Juice and zest of 1 large lemon

¼ cup molasses

¼ cup regular olive oil

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

10 black peppercorns, crushed 

Place all of the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag and marinate overnight, turning once.

For the Rhubarb Essence:

2 cups fresh rhubarb juice (from juiced fresh rhubarb), reduced to ¼ cup

1/3 cup grapeseed oil

2 teaspoons granulated sugar, or to taste

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

Mix all of the ingredients together. 

For the Candied Radish and Scallions:

8 radishes (4 ounces), greens removed and cut in ¼’s

5 tablespoons water (divided)

2½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)

2½ teaspoons granulated sugar (divided)

3/8 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (divided)

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice4 scallions, ends cut off and cut in 1-inch pieces on the bias

In a small sauté pan, place the radishes, 4 tablespoons of the water, 1½ teaspoons of the oil, 1½ teaspoons of the sugar, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper, and the cardamom. Cover and bring up to a boil over medium-high heat, boil for 1 minute, remove the cover, and cook until the radishes are knife-tender and the water is gone (if radishes need a bit more time, add a few more drops of water). Continue sautéing and let the radishes glaze for about 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice and toss until the pan is dry and the radishes are glazed and cooked; remove to a plate. Rinse out the pan, add the remaining water, the remaining oil, the remaining sugar, the remaining salt, the remaining pepper, and the scallions and place over high heat. When the water is evaporated, toss the scallions to glaze for 30 seconds, then add to the cooked radishes.

To Finish the Dish:

Prepared Marinated Squab

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Prepared Candied Radish and Scallions

1½ cups fresh baby frisée

Prepared Rhubarb Essence

Candied Rhubarb (recipe follows) 

Remove the squab from the marinade and season lightly with salt and pepper. Grill or sauté the squab breast and legs to medium-rare, or to your desired doneness. Place the squab on the Candied Radish and Scallions. In a large bowl, season the frisée lightly with salt and pepper and toss with just enough Rhubarb Essence to moisten. Place next to the squab and garnish with the remaining Rhubarb Essence and the Candied Rhubarb over and around.

For the Candied Rhubarb:

1 stalk rhubarb (about 3 ounces), cut in ¼-inch-thick slices on the bias

Granulated sugar, to coat the rhubarb 

Preheat the oven to 225°. In a bowl, toss the rhubarb with enough sugar to coat it. Place the pieces on a parchment paper-lined sheet tray and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until half dry. Reserve the Candied Rhubarb covered at room temperature.