Two 2 1/2 pound
pheasants, wings and wishbone removed
2 1/2 Tablespoons
6 sprigs fresh cilantro Pumpkin Molasses Purée (see recipe)
Sauce of Apples, Tequila and Ancho Chiles (see recipe)
Crispy Tortilla Relish (see recipe)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Season each bird
inside and out with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a flat roasting pan
enough to hold the birds. Sear birds for 6 minutes or until brown on
all sides. Place pan in
oven and roast pheasants for 20 to 25 minutes. Baste birds with pan
juices at least twice
during roasting. Remove pheasants from oven and allow to rest for at
least 10 minutes
When birds are cool enough to handle, remove leg and thigh quarters
from breasts. Separate
drumsticks and thighs at joint. Make a slit on the underside of the
thigh along the length of the
thigh bone and remove bones. Reserve boneless thighs. If desired, use
drumsticks and thigh
pheasant stock (for the Sauce of Apples, Tequila and Ancho Chiles.)
boneless thighs and reconstruct in original shape. Keep warm.
Remove the breast meat from the carcasses to make 2 boneless halves
from each breast. Use
the sharp point of a knife to cut between the meat and the bones, starting
at the widest part of
the breast; separate each half. Prior removal of the wishbone and wings
will make this easier.
Peel off the skin and slice each breast against the grain, starting
with the thicker end. Slice very
thin pieces and keep in the shape of breast halves.
Spoon a portion of Pumpkin-Molasses Purée into the middle of
each of four hot dinner plates
and arrange slices of breast and thigh meat to form a circle on top
of the purée. Surround the
pheasant with a ring of Sauce of Apples, Tequila and Ancho Chiles. Place
a small portion of
Crispy Tortilla Relish to the side of the pheasant. Garnish with a sprig
of cilantro and serve.
One 2-pound pumpkin,
stemmed, seeded and cut in half
1/2 cup unsulphered molasses
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
1 cinnamon stick
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch of ground cloves, if desired
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place pumpkin halves on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 40
minutes or until pumpkin
is very soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool. When cool enough to
handle, peel off outer skin
of pumpkin and cut pumpkin into small chunks. Set aside.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, carefully add
molasses to pan,
shaking as you pour. Molasses will bubble and smoke. Continue slowly
shaking pan to keep liquid
from burning and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until molasses is
just about to caramelize or burn.
Immediately remove from heat. Slowly stir orange juice into hot molasses.
Add pumpkin and remaining
ingredients and return to medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring
occasionally to prevent sticking.
Remove cinnamon stick.
Pour pumpkin mixture into a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
Process until thick and smooth.
Check seasoning. If pumpkin mixture is not thick, return to heat and
simmer until reduced, stirring
occasionally. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Sauce of Apples, Tequila and Ancho Chiles
5 ancho chiles, seeded
3 1/2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 Granny Smith
apples, cored and chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 serrano chiles, finely chopped
2 1/2 Tablespoons almonds, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
1 roasted pheasant or chicken carcass, chopped
3 cups chicken stock, homemade or low-sodium canned
1 large red Delicious apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tablespoon tequila
Fresh lime juice to taste
Salt to taste
Place anchos in warm water to cover and allow to stand for 20 minutes.
Drain and reserve.
Heat 2 tablespoons
oil in a saucepot over medium heat. When hot, add onion and sauté
minutes. Add Granny Smith apples, 3 anchos, garlic, serranos, almonds,
cinnamon stick, coriander
and anise and sauté for 3 more minutes. Add pheasant bones and
stock and bring to a boil. Lower
heat and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cinnamon
stick and all pheasant bones.
Pour mixture into a blender and process until smooth. Strain through
a coarse strainer and reserve.
Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon corn oil in a medium sauté pan
over medium heat. When hot, add
Delicious apple slices and sauté for 5 minutes or until golden
brown. Cut the 2 remaining anchos into
1/4-inch dice and add to apples along with 2 cups of the reserved spiced
apple sauce, cilantro and
tequila. Season with salt and lime juice. Serve immediately.
Crispy Tortilla Relish
1 cup finely julienned
tortillas, fried crisp in oil
1/2 cup cooked, drained black beans
3/4 cup jicama, finely diced
3/4 cup fresh
cooked corn kernels
3 Tablespoons Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette (see recipe)
Combine all ingredients and toss well. Serve immediately.
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons peanut oil
1 shallot, peeled and minced
1/2 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
Salt to taste
Whisk all ingredients
together until well blended.
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