Braised Pheasant

2 MacFarlane Pheasants, 2.5-3 lbs
cleaned and rinsed 1/4 cup oil (safflower or canola is recommended)
3 cups peeled and thinly sliced granny smith apples
1 cup thinly sliced onions
1/2 cup apple jack (or apple juice with a shot of smooth brandy)
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 oil on all sides. Tuck the sliced apples and onions in and 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.

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