By Prue Coats for The Field
Monday, 03 December 2012
Top 10 pheasant recipes: Country chef Prue Coats selects her top pheasant recipes for The Field.
I believe that every sportsman and woman has a duty to take home their brace at the end of the day, whether they are in feather or, as sometimes happens, nicely plucked, gutted and presented on a tray.
However, if you shoot regularly, that means a lot of pheasants to be eaten up by family and friends.
In many shooting households, what will spring to mind is some sort of stew, but by January, there may be rebellion in the ranks and the cry of "Oh Gawd, not another bloody pheasant casserole" will go up.
So what to do with this glut of game?
New pheasant recipes.
Some people regard pheasant as difficult or boring to tackle - roasts and those ubiquitous casseroles being as far as most cooking repertoires extend - but this is far from the truth.
In fact, pheasant recipes show that pheasant is one of the easiest, most versatile things to cook if you use your imagination.
Luckily, some of our TV chefs - Mike Robinson, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver et al - are clued up on how good pheasant is and put it on their menus.
But not everyone can afford to eat in their restaurants.
The good news is that pheasant is one of the cheapest, most nutritious, delicious meats around, and it is available to all from supermarkets and butchers if they don't shoot.
If your pheasant "loot" comes in the feather, it is simple to tell whether a bird is young, old, cock or hen by looking.
If it comes dressed, it is not so easy and you'll have to take your chances.
All of the following pheasant recipes are tried and tested, and they're utterly delicious.
And anyone with a modicum of cooking know-how or a little bit of common sense can prepare them.
Top 10 Pheasant recipes!
Parmesan pheasant breasts with crispy ham
Pheasant and vegetable stir-fry with a black bean sauce
Pot roast pheasant with Fennel
The best pheasant stock and soup ever
Perfect roast pheasant with white wine and charlotte potatoes
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