Roasted Pheasant Recipe

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Pheasant is generally a dry bird. The bacon helps moisten it up.

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Servings: 4


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  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • 1 Pinch of sea salt
  • The juice of 2 tangerines
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated tangerine peel
  • 1 Tangerine, halved
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp dried tarragon
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 pound white new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 4 large ripe plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 pheasant, about 2 1/2 pounds
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tart apple, cored and cut in pieces
  • 2 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh sage, plus extra for garnish
  • 3-4 slices bacon
  • 1/8 cup defatted chicken broth Please hit enter after each ingredient


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mince the garlic with the salt; place in a bowl. Add the tangerine juice and peel, 1 tablespoon olive oil, dried tarragon, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Blanch the carrots and potatoes for 7 to 8 minutes in boiling water. Drain and place in a bowl with the tomatoes. Reserve.
  3. Carefully loosen breast skin of the pheasant; place a sprig of tarragon underneath each side of the breast. Replace the skin neatly. Squeeze the halved tangerine into the cavity, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the apple pieces, shallots, and sage in the cavity; tie legs together with kitchen string.
  4. Place reserved vegetables in a small roasting pan. Toss with garlic-tangerine mixture. Place the pheasant, breast side up, on top of the vegetables. Brush pheasant with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Lay bacon slices over the breast. Pour broth in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Roast in the center of the oven for 1 hour, basting 2 or 3 times. Remove bacon and continue to roast until the breast is brown and the pheasant is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes longer. Test for doneness with tip of a knife in the thickest part of the thigh. The juices should run clear. Let pheasant rest 10 minutes before carving.
  6. Carve the pheasant, remove to a serving platter and surround with the vegetables. Spoon some of the juices over top. Serve extra juices alongside. Garnish with fresh sage.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 499g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 599  
Calories from Fat 314 52%
Total Fat 35.02g 44%
Saturated Fat 9.62g 38%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 351mg 15%
Potassium 1292mg 37%
Total Carbs 25.74g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.8g 19%
Sugars 10.79g 7%
Protein 45.35g 73%
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