bird inside and out with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a flat roasting
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
for pheasant stock (for the Sauce of Apples, Tequila and Ancho
Chiles.) Slice the
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.
pumpkin, stemmed, seeded and cut in half
1/2 cup Grandma's 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 Cauvin grapeseed oil
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
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
teaspoon ground coriander
teaspoon ground anise
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
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
ingredients together until well blended.
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