Now that pheasant season is well under way, I was wondering if anybody had some great ideas on cooking wild pheasants. The old slow-cooker method (with cream of mushroom soup) that I grew up on is pretty boring, but quick-cooking methods seem to leave it a little tough and dry. I was thinking of maybe trying the pheasant in a coq au vin preparation.
Any other ideas?
Thanks!
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4 Pheasant Breasts cut in half
Bacon enough to wrap pheasant breasts
2C red wine (Merlot or Cabernet)
1 Onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic chopped fine
1t of Tarragon
1-3T of green peppercorns (to taste)
2C heavy whipping cream

Cut the breasts in half and wrap with the bacon. Put in a cooking dish and place under the broiler till browned, turning once. Remove from broiler and set the breasts on paper towels. Remove excess grease from pan. Deglaze the pan with the wine and pour that into a pot to make sauce. Add onion, garlic, tarragon, and peppercorns. Bring to slow boil. Reduce the mixture by half. Return the breasts back to the cooking dish. After the mixture is reduced add the cream. Stir well and pour that over the breasts. Return the pheasant to the oven and slow cook at 250F-300F for about an hour or 2. Served it over rice (wild & long grain white).

cream and wine may be added to increase the amount of sauce when preparing
Make some stock with leftover dove bones and use it to make a green peppercorn sauce with brandy and cream. Sear the pheasant and then bake it sort of like duck breast with the skin on.

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