Preparation: 30 mins
Cooking: 30 mins
Serve the puree under the partridge and garnish with the mushrooms
4 whole oven ready partridge
6 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 clove whole garlic, peeled
200g mixed wild mushrooms
50ml white wine
4 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 cm dice
200ml double cream
Preheat oven to 180C
For the thyme butter, mix 100g butter with 1 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves, 1 clove crushed garlic and plenty of salt and pepper.
Rub the butter all over and under the skin of each partridge, place on an oven tray. Cook in the oven for 12-15mins, basting regularly. Once cooked remove the partridge and allow to rest.
To make the puree, boil the parsnips with 1tsp of thyme leaves and garlic until tender. Strain and liquidise. Add the cream, milk and seasoning to the parsnips and warm through. It should be a mash consistency.
For the mushrooms, heat 25g of butter in a frying pan on a high heat. Add the remaining crushed garlic and the thyme. Add mushrooms; a splash of white wine and season with pepper. Cook until they wilt.