Michel Roux, chef restaurateur of the Michelin starred Waterside Inn, Bray, has created these fantastic recipes for Game-to-Eat. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 pheasants; remove the legs and the thighs and separate them; cut away the back bone with scissors and reserve; leave the breasts on the bone but cut evenly lengthways through the middle of the bone to separate them and make two breasts 1 litre red wine, Rhone style or a full bodied wine 150g carrots, peeled cut into chunks 200g button onions, peeled 250g button mushrooms, stalks removed, wiped 150g back bacon, cut in medium diced lardons 6 Tablespoons groundnut oil 1 bouquet garni 6 crushed juniper berries 50g butter and 50g flour cooked into a white roux 200mls chicken or veal stock 2 Tablespoons of flat parsley sprigs Recipe Put the pheasant meat (not the backbone) in a large bowl, cover with the wine, 2 tablespoons of oil and the juniper berries. Cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge for six hours. Drain through a colander, into a saucepan. Boil the wine on medium heat for 2 minutes. Seal the pheasant meat in a very hot frying pan with the rest of the oil and reserve. Colour the lardons in the same pan and reserve. In a cocotte, put the pheasant legs and thighs, backbone of the pheasants and wine marinade. Bring to the boil; skim if necessary; add the bouquet garni, garlic, carrots and onions. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 45 minutes. Add the pheasant breasts, lardons and mushrooms and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the juices into a saucepan, discard the bouquet garni and backbone and cover the meat and vegetables with a damp cloth and keep warm. Add the cold roux to the cooking juices, put over heat and whisk constantly until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (4-5 minutes). Add the pheasant and vegetables back into the sauce and simmer for 3-4 minutes until hot through. Serve in a deep bowl or plated, scattered with the parsley and boiled potatoes and deep fried croutons (optional).
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