Partridge in cider with apples & celery

Partridge in cider with apples & celery

Serve a partridge as an individual portion for one in this seasonal stew with smoked bacon, Bramley apples, thyme and sage

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 people
Calories 1091 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 partridge ready-prepared by your butcher
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 150 g pack smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 2 Bramley apples, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped sage
  • 250 ml scrumpy cider
  • 250 ml good chicken stock


  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and pour in 1 tbsp of the oil. Dust the partridges in the flour and fry until evenly browned all over. Remove from the pan and drain on a piece of kitchen paper.

  2. Put a large casserole dish on the heat. Pour in the remaining oil, add the lardons and cook until the fat has rendered out and the lardons are crisp. Add the onion and celery to the pan and sweat down until soft. Stir in the apples to soften a little. Add the thyme, sage and the partridges, then pour over the cider and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover and transfer to the oven for 25 mins or until the thigh meat is cooked through and will come away from the bone, and the sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from the oven and serve with the Smoked butter mash (see 'Goes well with').


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