Like any other Christmas I have a cookery book amongst my gifts! This time I have BEST OF BRITISH by Ed Baines . Excellent! The recipe I have chosen to make is Slow cooked Pheasant casserole. I have never cooked Pheasant before and have made it my New Years resolution to expand my range into new areas.
I’m not sure how British this dish is – Apart from the additions of Worcestershire sauce – it is more like French cuisine to me. Well it’s a “casserole” after all. But what is most important is that this dish is so tasty ( gamey, smokey, sweet and a hint of peppery-ness from Worcestershire sauce and celery sticks).
Recipe by : Ed Baines
- 2 pheasants ( I used one medium pheasant and it serves 4)
- 3 tbs sunflower oil
- 225g smoked bacon scraps, diced
- 3 large onions, chopped
- 225 g swede, chopped
- 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1 large red papper, chopped
- 100g wild mushrooms, chopped
- 1 whole garlic bulb, cloves crushed
- 100g chorizo, cut into thick chunks
- 1 tbs plain flour
- 300 ml chicken stock
- 300 ml red wine
- 1 tbs red current jelly
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs chopped fresh herbs ( parsley and thyme are ideal)
- lightly steams green beans to serve
- mash potato to serve
- Preheat the oven to 120C/ 250F/ gas mark 1/2 .
- Tie the legs of each bird tightly together, heat the oil in a casserole dish and add the pheasants. Brown them all over in the oil and remove from the dish and set aside on a plate.
- In the same casserole dish, fry bacon, then add all the chopped vegetables, mushroom, garlic and chorizo and stir in the flour thoroughly.
- Add the stock, wine, jelly and Worcestershire sauce and bring to boil.
- Add the pheasants, put on the lid and transfer to the oven, cooking very slowly for 3 to 4 hours until the meat is tender.
- Lift the birds out of the pot, place on a plate and leave until cool to handle. Pull the meat off the bones and return to the casserole , season and add the fresh herbs.
- Serve in a big fat soup plate with steamed beans green beans, champ potatoes and the cooking sauce ladle over!
- Mmmmm! the smell and the taste! Enjoy!