This dish works very well, and at this time of year pheasant isn't just seasonal, it's cheap
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2 Wild Pheasants (Local Game Dealer/Butcher)
4 Large Carrots
Small Packet of Good Quality Frozen Peas
1 Bulb Garlic (Peeled)
1 Shallot (Diced)
1 Litre Cider
100ml Good Olive Oil
100gms Fresh Sage
Firstly remove the legs from the Pheasant by making an incision along the side of the leg, to remove pop out of the socket, run a knife underneath to release.
To cook Pheasant, seal legs plus crown (breasts on bone) in hot oil until golden. Deglaze with cider, then add sage. Cover and place in a hot oven at 200°c for 20mins, then remove crowns and place legs back in oven for another 30 mins until tender.
Now confit the root vegetables, all of which need to be cut into an even 1cm dice. Place in a wide pan with garlic, salt, pepper, 100mls olive oil & water to cover. Poach until al dente.
Make Pea Moussaline by frying a diced shallot in butter, then add peas, sage, cream, salt & pepper then reduce by half and blend until smooth. To Serve:-
Strain off stock from roasting tray adding more cider if needed. Fry off root vegetables to colour with shredded leg meat and gently spoon onto warm plates placing a single breast on top of vegetables. Ladle cider stock over each plate and glaze each plate with pea moussaline. Serve with buttery mashed potatoes.