Since ancient times pheasant has held an honored place at the table. When was the last time you had pheasant on your table? This could be the perfect bird for a smaller Thanksgiving feast; one pheasant serves two people.
We offer our farm-raised domestic pheasants year round, but this is the perfect time to enjoy the Wild Scottish Pheasant coming in from the estate hunts in the U.K.
Pheasant has pinkish-white meat that is full-flavored and lean. As with all lean game birds, barding, braising and otherwise adding fat is encouraged. Our favorites methods include using bacon, ventrèche, duck fat or truffle butter.
For a complete video guide to roasting a pheasant (with lots of brown butter), link to this Wine Spectator video. Watch Ariane and Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony NYC go step by step through the process of roasting a pheasant, with clear explanations of why certain techniques are used. You can learn a lot hanging around in a professional kitchen. Check for part two, and also the prep videos, which demonstrate how to air-dry the bird before cooking.
Download the full pheasant recipe, with cranberry chutney and foie gras and truffle sauce. You will not regret making this one.
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