Grilled Doves La Mancha

Serves 4


Ingredients


■12 doves


■Kosher salt


■3 tablespoons olive oil


■12 bay leaves


■12 sage leaves


■Spanish smoked paprika


■Freshly ground black pepper


■About 1/4 cup melted bacon fat

 

Directions


1.Rub the doves with olive oil and salt them well. Stuff each cavity with a sage and a bay leaf.


2.Grill over medium-high to high heat with the breast side up for 6-8 minutes. Do not let them char!


3.Turn them over and grill for 4-6 minutes. Paint them with the bacon fat.


4.Turn the doves on their sides and grill for 1-2 minutes — for each side. Paint with more bacon fat.


5.Remove to a platter and paint with the remaining bacon fat. Dust with the smoked paprika and the black pepper. Let them rest for 5 minutes.


6.Eat with your fingers and serve with a Rioja red wine, a California Pinot Noir or an Italian Barbaresco — and a bowl to put the bones in.

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