Breast of Squab with Crusty Golden Beets and Sweet Potato Jus

Adapted by
November 2003
Yield: 2 Servings


Beet Chips
1 red beet
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
2 yellow beets, tournéed into 10 pieces
½ Tablespoon butter
Sweet Potato Jus
1 sweet potato
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh lemon juice, to taste
Squab Breasts
2 squab
Clarified butter, as needed (enough to cover squab completely in a small pot)


For the Beet Chips

Preheat oven to 300°F. Slice red beet thin on slicer or mandolin set to 1. Dissolve sugar in water to make simple syrup, then coat beet slices with syrup. Dry beet slices in oven for 2 hours. Grind red beets to medium powder in blender or food processor. Blanch tournéed yellow beets in a small pot of salted water to desired doneness.

For the Sweet Potato Jus

Juice the sweet potato and reduce the volume of the juice by a half. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.

For the Squab Breasts

Preheat oven to 300°F. Remove skin from carcass of squabs and reserve. De-bone breasts and legs and separate. Reserve legs for another use. Clean skin and bake in oven 1 hour, pressed between 2 Silpats with weight on top.

To Assemble and Serve

Bring clarified butter to 160°F in a medium pot. Season squab breasts with salt and pepper and poach in butter for about 8 minutes. Allow to rest. Reheat golden beets in about 1 Tablespoon butter, then roll in pulverized red beets, coating thoroughly. Place beets in small pile on plates. Slice squab breasts. Make small pool of sweet potato jus on the plate. Place sliced breast on top of sauce. Drizzle plates with additional sauce and season sliced squab with salt.