This pheasant is braised, then roasted with a tangy mixture of apples, onions and apple jack. The juices are then made into a cream sauce and poured over before serving.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 3 large pheasants, cleaned and rinsed
- 1/4 cup safflower oil
- 3 cups peeled and thinly sliced green apples
- 1 cup thinly sliced onions
- 1/2 cup apple jack
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
- ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, brown the pheasants in the safflower oil on all sides. Tuck the sliced apples and onions in around the pheasants. Pour the apple jack over all and light it on fire. Shake pan until flames subside. Dust the tops of the pheasants with nutmeg.
Bake covered for about 1 hour, or until the juices run clear when a knife is inserted into the thigh. Remove the Pheasants, apples and onions to a platter and keep warm in the oven.
Transfer juices to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the half-and-half and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt-free seasoning blend and ground black pepper. Pour over the pheasants and serve.