As we say farewell to the hot weather of summer — and for many, our tomato patches — here is a fantastically simple way to enjoy a small bird such as a partridge, chukar, quail or game hen.
OK, I’ll admit it: I like Sad Panda’s orange chicken. The combination of crispy, sweet, spicy and tart is more or less crack cocaine to humans, and I am not immune. Here’s my version of that recipe, done with pheasant, grouse, quail, turkey or partridge.
To pluck or skin? It’s a question all bird hunters face. Most of a bird’s distinctive flavor is in its skin and fat, but plucking can be tricky. Here’s how to go about it.
Pan roasted partridges cooked simply and served with a my all-time favorite winter salad: radicchio, Belgian endive and bitter greens like dandelions. This is a bright, happy dinner to make on a cold winter night.
Pheasant soup. Pheasant noodle soup, to be exact. Why it’s taken me so long to post up this classic I have no idea. But it’s comfort food at it’s best: Easy to make, satisfying, and you’ll get leftovers.
Roast partridge, grouse or quail is a wonderful idea, but in practice the bird often comes out dry. Pan roasting is a far better way to roast game birds. This is by far the best way to cook upland birds, or small, skinny ducks like teal.
As much as I like Indian curries, I like Thai curries even more. This is a bright, spicy Thai green curry done with pheasant breasts. It’s actually a lot easier to make than it looks.
Most of us know about duck confit — where you salt duck legs, then slow cook them in duck fat until they are meltingly tender, then you crisp them up in a hot oven? Yeah, that’s confit. There’s a reason it’s all over restaurant menus, but check it: This process works great with pheasant and other upland game birds, too!