pheasant recipeRing Neck Pheasant is a bird in the pheasant family that is native to Asia which has been introduced as an upland game bird. Pheasant is often overlooked, but remains one of the most delicious and flavorful types of poultry available. The wonderful, unique flavor allows you to prepare the bird simply, and your freshly caught pheasant is sure to elicit high praise at the dinner table.

It doesn’t take much to make fresh pheasant standout. Consider hanging the bird for a few days before preparing it. This allows the oils from the feathers and skin to absorb into the meat, creating a more robust and complex flavor. This is a delicate and singular fowl, so you will want to keep your complementary flavors minimal.

A popular way to serve pheasant is to roast the bird. There is very little fat in pheasant, so you will want to help preserve the moisture by brining the bird before roasting. Simply rub salt all over the outside and inside the cavity of the prepared pheasant, and baste the bird periodically with butter as it cooks.

Roasting at low temperatures (250- 325 degrees) helps preserve the juices and keep the pheasant moist. Roast the pheasant until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast reads 160-165 degrees, then cover the bird loosely with foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes (the internal temperature will rise to 180).

Roast pheasant is so flavorful that it can be served alone, or paired with a very simple white wine gravy or sherry cream sauce. Served with wild rice or mashed potatoes, this simple meal will impress with a rich flavor unique to this very special game bird.

crockpot pheasant recipeIf you are intimidated by this lean game bird, you can create stunning pheasant dishes by using your slow cooker to help keep the bird tender and delicious. Try some of these mouth watering recipes:

Crock Pot Pheasant with Balsamic Marinade

Crock Pot Pheasant With Wild Rice and Mushrooms

Perfect Crock Pot Pheasant With Garlic and Wine

Pheasant can also be cooked much like chicken, making it perfect for grilling, sautéing, and even frying. One of our favorite ways to prepare the game bird is to fry it simply and serve with rice. Try the recipe below for a simple, stunning meal:

Fried Pheasant with Rice

fried pheasant recipe1 pheasant, cut into serving pieces
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup shortening
11/2 cups water
1 cup instant rice

Dress pheasant and cut into serving pieces. Mix flour, salt, pepper and paprika in plastic bag. Shake pieces of cut-up pheasant in bag until all are thoroughly coated with flour mixture. Melt shortening in large covered skillet. Brown pieces on all sides at medium / high temperature. Cover skillet, add 1/2 cup water, lower temperature and continue to simmer pheasant for another 1/2 hour. Add remaining water and rice, replace cover and steam for 15 minutes.

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