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Over the weekend, my new friend Michael from New Orleans taught me how to make Puttok. If anyone can tell me how to spell it properly I’ll give you a gold star sticker. It’s a lovely stew of tomato, rosemary, vinegar (or in our case red wine) and braised meat.

And before you keep reading, here are my other dove recipes for you to bookmark try:


It’s that silver pot in the left corner, see?


Of course I was too distracted by the ambient smells of a good cuban to actually take a good picture of it…


And too distracted by the sunset on the dock…

Dog Drool

And too distracted by hound drool… mmm, hound drool.

Dog Drool2

Dog Drool3

But I digress!

Be sure to try my other dove recipes:

“14 Dove Puttach”

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 minutes


  • 14 doves plucked, gutted, cut in half, toenails trimmed
  • 1/2 bottle red wine
  • cajun sausage optional
  • 3 small onions chopped
  • 4 gloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Brown the meat in a medium, oven-safe pot in a small amount of oil. Once the meat is well browned deglaze with the wine and add the remaining ingredients.
  • Put the whole pot in the oven and braise it for 2 hours, then for 2 more hours at 300 degrees. You are left with some red very saucy puttach that is delightful. Serve it over pasta or good bread to lap up all the juices.


  • BRubio
    Posted September 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Wow. This looks great. Can I substitute capon or something like it for the dove? I don’t think I can get any dove in my area.

  • BRubio
    Posted September 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I want to make this recipe. Where can I buy Cajun sausage?

    • Georgia
      Posted September 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

      Well I picked up some lovely hot sausage from Trader Joe’s just the other day… or try a butcher… there’s always places in New Orleans that will mail order it too.

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