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!
An old Spanish recipe for partridges, you sear the birds then simmer them in a vinegary sauce and store in jars in a cool place, like a fridge. I like to take a couple partridges out and eat them at room temperature, while watching football…
This dish, inspired by Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson of Faviken, is nothing short of a revelation in its simplicity and in the technique of cooking the partridges. If you are an upland bird hunter, or like to eat Cornish hens or quail, you must read this.
There is something about the combination of poultry and apples that just sings. This dish, Pheasant Normandy, is loaded with apple flavor and is larded with butter and cream. It requires no special technique or esoteric ingredients — it’s pure comfort food, and all it asks of you is a little time.
Wiener schnitzel goes by many names, but whatever you call it, this is a bedrock recipe you need to know as a cook, whether you work with wild game or not. It’s quick comfort food that can be made with an array of meats, ranging from pheasant and wild boar to veal, pork or chicken.
I am always on the lookout for interesting pheasant recipes, and this one really caught my eye: It’s from Michael Psilakis, one of the best Greek chefs in the country, and who happens to also be a hunter!
Never before have I hunted so long and so hard for so little. If there is a game bird more elusive than the Hungarian partridge in Montana, I’ve yet to meet it.