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Scottish food and baking Recipes - Roast Pheasant

This is probably a surprising scottish dish as you would think that pheasant is quite an expensive ingredient. In Scotland it is but this roast combines the game flavour of the bird with a rich sauce making it a special main meal treat.

For US to UK equivalents see this rough guide

Stuffed Roast Pheasant

1 pheasant (dressed and prepared)
3 rashers of back bacon (or streaky)
2oz butter
5fl oz white wine (or red which will give it a deeper richer flavour-too strong for some palate)
1 tablespoon redcurrant jelly
juice of 1/2 lemon
4 slices (which will be fried) white bread

For the stuffing:

8oz pork sausagemeat
1 small onion (VERY finely chopped)
1 apple (desset-peeled, cored and chopped)
2 tablespoons parsley
salt & pepper
1 egg (beaten)

Method(for stuffing):

Set oven to 350F. In a bowl mix together the sausagemeat, onion, parsley and season to taste. Bind the mixture with the beaten egg. Stuff the pheasant using any leftovers for stuffing balls (which some prefer) and cook around the bird in the dish.

Method(for bird):

Place bird on a roasting tin and wrap the rashers around the bird. Brush the butter over the bird and cook for 35-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain the fat. Place back in the roasting tray (if it has been removed) and rub gently over the bird the redcurrant jelly. Then pour the wine and the lemon juice over the bird (most of the jelly will wash off into the roasting tray).

Return the bird to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, keeping the bird moist by basting regularly. Fry the four slices of bread (plate them)and once the bird has cooled slightly cut it into four pieces and place on top of the bread. Now quickly boil the gravy to reduce it to a fine sauce and pour over the four game pieces.
Should serve four people and should be accompanied by a potato dish of choice.

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For US to UK equivalents for food weights and measurements see this rough guide