Pheasant Fricassee

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There are many things to enjoy while pheasant hunting. Quiet walking interrupted by the muffled crashes of a dog looking for a bird. Evening light that paints the central valley gold, making the bugs shine with a beauty that seems otherworldly. The anticipation as your eyes follow the dog and your stomach muscles tighten, hoping something will be flushed. Bringing down a bird and taking time to admire the colors of its feathers and the length of its tail. All of these things make pheasant hunting a worthwhile pastime but enjoying the meal that comes from your labor tops the list. The possibilities are endless when it comes to preparation, but one of our favorite ways to prepare pheasant is our take on pheasant fricassee. The flavors are rich and hearty, and it leaves everyone satisfied.

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Pheasant Fricassee

Recipe by Robert and Tera StoddardCourse: Uncategorized
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • Pheasant
  • Cleaned bird

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Egg wash

  • Panko crumbs

  • Sauce
  • 1 whole white onion

  • 4 whole carrots

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 2 TB butter

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • Garnish
  • Truffle oil

  • Fresh thyme

Preparation

  • Clean the pheasant and cut the bird in half and set it aside
  • Dice onion and carrots into ¼ inch cubes
  • Bring together in a bowl, 1 TB salt, ½ TB pepper and Panko crumbs, enough to cover the bird completely
  • Cover the cleaned bird in egg wash and roll it in panko crumbs, this can be done on a pan or in a large bowl
  • Pan-fry the panko covered pheasant in butter until golden brown then transfer to the oven for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees (this depends on the size of the bird-check it at 10 minutes to avoid overcooking)
  • In the pan that be bird was browned in add carrots, onion, and butter and saute until translucent (3-4 minutes)
  • Add white wine to the vegetable mix and cook down to approximately ½ the liquid
  • Add one TB of butter and mix in
  • Add beef broth and bring to a simmer for three minutes
  • Add heavy whipping cream
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper
  • Simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the crispy pheasant back into the vegetable sauce and cook for five minutes
  • Garnish with a drizzle of truffle oil and one sprig of fresh thyme sprinkle on top

Robert and Tera Stoddard

Robert and Tera live a busy life working as professional biologists, parenting two semi-feral children, training a hard-nosed Chesapeake, and planning hunting and fishing adventures. Each year Robert and Tera have grand visions of long secluded trips, of which usually one comes to fruition, accompanied by several weekend trips with their children, who enhance the overall experience but hinder the quiet stalking of prey.

One thought on “Pheasant Fricassee

  • January 7, 2022 at 11:55 am
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    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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