This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.
BRAISED PHEASANTS IN MADEIRA
Ingredients serves 4
4 – 6 pheasant breasts
Chicken stock cube
2 bay leaves
Sprig fresh thyme
10 fl oz (275 ml) Dry Madeira or sherry
8 oz (225 g) button mushrooms
Tbspn olive oil
16 shallots, peeled
Clove garlic, finely chopped
10 fl oz (275 ml) dry white wine
How to prepare
Season the pheasant with salt and pepper and fry them in the oil and butter on a high heat until they are golden brown. Using a slotted spoon transfer them to a flameproof casserole dish. In the remaining fat in the pan, fry the shallots and lardons until they too are golden brown. Remove them and keep to one side.
Now add the thyme, stock cube, bay leaves and chopped garlic to the pheasant and pour over the wine and Madeira. Heat until simmering, then put on a tight fitting lid and cook gently on a low heat for 45 minutes so that the contents just gently bubble.
After that add the mushrooms, lardons and shallots and gently push down into the liquid. Then put the lid back on, bring back to a gentle simmer and cook at 160 degrees for a further 45 minutes or until the pheasant is tender.
With a slotted spoon, remove the pheasant and vegetables and put into a shallow ovenproof serving dish. Mix up a little cornflour with water and add to the liquid in the casserole dish. Stir until thickened then pour the sauce over the pheasant, bacon and vegetables. Serve with buttery mash and steamed green vegetables.