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sean
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 2:12 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I haven't got one. Maybe some kind person will read this thread and offer tips.

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Forgot to say: the tendons in the legs are very chewy IMO, so if you pull them out after removing the feet it will make your eating experience easier. I've never got the hang of doing it all at one go, so I sort of hook each one out individually and pull hard.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't tend to bother with the legs either

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i skin and stew usually .if roasting pierce with a pointy thing and stuff butter into the meat , roast in foil until done and brown under the grill .

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tend to roast them breast side down and turn rightway up for the last 5 mins. You could always remove the legs when done and cook the rest a bit longer. Chefs perk.

Gervase



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A pair of pliers is handy for getting the tendons out of the leg. Pheasants like to be roasted fast and hot, especially young hens. Bard it with some bacon and then give it a short blast at Mark 8.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 05 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't roast them: we both love Kentish pheasant pudding so that's what I do. Doesn't matter how rough you've been with drawing/skinning!

coyotekiller



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 05 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Mochyn. Please tell me. What is kentish pheasant pudding. I have eight in freezer so looking for something new. Thanks,...ck

gil
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 05 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can hang pheasants for 7-10 days depending on when you want to eat them - an outbuilding is perfect, or a shed. I wouldn't skin it. Pot roast is also a good option, on lower heat.

Nanny



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 05 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i sear the breasts with some onions in butter then add a spoonful of creamed horseradish and some double cream, cook it slowly then serve with tagliatelli

came out of that game cookbook i got for my birthday and it is lovely

and only took maybe 20 mins to cook

i would use 2 pheasants though and thusly 4 breasts

Caplan



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 05 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

From what i remember of cooking them i'd agree about the leg & tendon thing - great meat but hard to extract for a family meal. Better to save the legs for other things (butties/bubble and squeak/stock/chef's perks etc) and concentrate on the breast meat.
Pot roasting them is the best way of treating them as gil suggested - roasting partridges i aways found better

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 05 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sean, check the crop. If it was shot late on in the day it may have a very full crop which can sometimes taint the breast meat in a few days.

Mrs Beaton recommends a quick wash in distilled vinegar to remove taint followed by a good rinse.

To remove the tendons in the leg, crack the bone, cut around the skin and then whilst grasping the foor and thigh in either hand pull sharply, the tendons will come out, possibly with a little flesh but you are left with very tasty legs, which on a decent sized bird can be quite meaty.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 05 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The pudding: it's like steak & kidney pudding, except the filling is a mix of pheasant chunks, chopped onion and bacon with whatever herbs you like and seasoning. All the meat goes in raw with the sweated onions, seal the pastry and steam for a couple of hours. just plain yummy! One pheasant does for one pud in a largish bowl.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 05 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice recipe Mochyn, do you add the pheasant giblets as well?

mochyn



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 05 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Either bung them in or use them to make a yummy stock for gravy. My mum gave me the recipe and it's now a family favourite.

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