Rosie’s Recipe: pigeon sandwich

A proper sammidge!

A proper sammidge! - Credit: Archant

Rosie goes rustic and robust with ‘a proper sammidge’

Fry the meat mixture for five minutes

Fry the meat mixture for five minutes - Credit: Archant


Four pigeon breasts, thinly sliced

One large artisan loaf

One red onion

Four rashers of streaky bacon

Slice off the top of the loaf and hollow it out

Slice off the top of the loaf and hollow it out - Credit: Archant

One squashed garlic clove

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A sage leaf, finely shopped

Courgettes, thinly sliced and seared

Peppers – one green, red and orange, charred

All the ingredients ready for assembly

All the ingredients ready for assembly - Credit: Archant

Sun-dried tomatoes, left whole

Feta cheese – or you can use grated cheddar


1) Fry the pigeon, red onion, bacon, garlic and sage for a few minutes, until the bacon starts to take on colour. Set aside.

2) Sear the courgettes strips – using a potato peeler - in the same pan.

Layer in any order you like

Layer in any order you like - Credit: Archant

3) Grill the peppers, skin side up, to intensify the flavour. When cool, remove the skins.

4) Layer your ingredients: meat mixture, peppers, courgette, sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, meat mixture, peppers – but you can do it in any order.

5) Replace the lid on the loaf. Wrap in foil or clingfilm and weigh it down. Refrigerate for a few hours, or preferably overnight.

6) Slice and serve – kids will love it!

Replace the lid, wrap in foil and weigh down

Replace the lid, wrap in foil and weigh down - Credit: Archant

Rosie says:

‘Now, that’s a PROPERRR sammidge’, my West Country grandfather used to say when he presented me with a doorstep slice of crusty bread, a one-inch filling of cheese, ham, tomatoes and onions, and another doorstep on top. ‘Get that down you, my girl’. I was only a child, but I ate every crumb.

It’s strange how memories come flooding back as you get older, and that’s the one that popped into my brain as I sat watching a cheffy programme on TV, so I’ve combined the two ideas to make a super-sandwich fit for everyone, from an elderly gentleman and a small girl.

I bought an artisan loaf – although why they call it that these days, I have no idea. It’s just a decent loaf of bread. I hollowed it out. The breadcrumbs don’t go to waste as you can blitz and refrigerate them to make fishcakes, scotch eggs, or Essex-fried rabbit.

There is little cooking involved apart from the meat mixture, which can be cooked ahead of time.

It’s not a bad idea to make this colourful and tasty treat the day before you want to eat it. It’s just an assembly job really. Pop a weight on the top – I’ve used my grandmother’s old flat iron, but a couple of baked bean tins on a plate will serve just as well – and after 24 hours in the fridge all the flavours will have infused.

It’s fab, trust me!