Enjoy the spoils of the season with The Field's top 10 best pheasant recipes, with inspiration for warming kitchen suppers and morsels to pocket for a day in the field
The Field’s top 10 best pheasant recipes will inspire you to greater heights with suppers, snacks and dinners. You don’t have to make the same old pheasant casserole over and over, as our dishes will show you. We’ll help you to get creative, with ideas for kitchen suppers to pocket picnics. Our recipes are simple or more elaborate showstoppers – but one thing they all have in common is that they are delicious. (You’ll find our recipe for the best pheasant gravy here.)
Pheasant is uncomplicated to cook, whether you are an experienced game chef or a beginner. It makes a flavoursome, and sustainable, substitute for chicken – use it in your favourite recipes accordingly. So look through our best pheasant recipes and think about which you will use to replace a chicken dish.
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Think about how far through the season it is when deciding on your pheasant dish. Dryness is a criticism often leveled at pheasant and older birds can come under this description. Long, slow cooking is the answer. But at the start of the season you can roast young birds whole. Our perfect roast pheasant white wine and charlotte potatoes is not too heavy and makes the perfect Sunday lunch before the temperatures drop. Or try our salt-crust baked pheasant with truffle butter for a game twist on the traditional Sunday roast.
A roast is not the only way to use the whole bird. When proper cold weather comfort food is called for, our pheasant Keralan curry is a spicy supper perfect for warming the cockles. It uses all of the meat and the carcass can be saved for stock – follow our recipe for the very best pheasant stock. Or our pheasant chilli with black beans and chocolate makes for a rich weekday offering – spicy, satisfying and makes good use of a surprising ingredient. Or for something quick yet hearty, pheasant carbonara is a long-held Field favourite for good reason. Our rich and creamy pheasant, leek and potato soup with cream and cognac is best saved for the coldest days. And keep the sniffles at bay with our pheasant meatballs in broth with orzo.
If you have smalls to feed, pheasant Kiev is a popular supper. Children love it. And it shows how pheasant makes an excellent substitute for chicken – as does chorizo, pheasant and prawn paella. Or put a game twist on family favourites, try our pheasant, curly kale and mature cheddar lasagne. Our best pheasant burgers are guaranteed to enthuse youngsters, whether served mid-week or saved as summer barbecue fare.
Finally, don’t forget about pheasant for morsels to pocket and take with you into the field. Spicy pheasant samosas are perfect for cheering up a drab day, or pheasant and walnut pasties. And if you are feeling adventurous, our pheasant scotch quails eggs require patience but are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for elevenses, as is coronation pheasant with clementines and toasted almonds.
TIPS FOR COOKING PHEASANT
Even the most experienced game cook can be challenged by an older pheasant’s tendency to dryness. Mike Robinson offers his useful tips for dealing with this in his recipe for the best way to cook pheasant breasts.
Top 10 best pheasant recipes
- Perfect roast pheasant with white wine and charlotte potatoes
- Italian pheasant
- Steamed pheasant breast en papillote
- Pheasant schnitzel burger with British-style brie
- Butter pheasant and cabbage
- Pheasant nachos
- Salt-crust baked pheasant with truffle butter
- Pheasant Kiev
- The Field’s Pheasant carbonara
- Pheasant scotch quails eggs