I have to admit that I am partial to cooking pheasant breasts on the grill (surrounded by a piece of bacon to keep them moist), but I tried a recipe recently that worked out so well I wanted to tell you about it. It includes beer so that might peak your interest!
The first thing I did was pour a beer inside the pheasants and as it leaked out in a bowl I let the pheasants soak for a couple of minutes. While they were soaking, I prepared two tablespoons of thyme, a teaspoon of salt, and a few shakes of ground pepper in a bowl.
I removed the whole pheasants from the beer and shook them off well, before slathering each of them with olive oil. After that I sprinkled them inside and out with the thyme mixture.
Then it was off to the grill! I placed them on the top shelf of my gas grill and left them for about 10 minutes on low flame. I have a four-burner grill, but only turned on two burners. When I checked them, the skin was beautifully crisp so I left two burners of the grill turned on but set the pheasants on the side of the grill without a flame and shut the lid. After about 40 minutes, I put them back on the shelf above the flame.
While the pheasant was cooking, I chopped potatoes, onion and kale. I seasoned them with salt and pepper and wrapped them in tin foil. So, when I put the pheasant back on the shelf, I put the potato mixture on the hot side of the grill. Twenty minutes later, I put the pheasant and the potato mixture in a pan and brought them inside. Ten minutes later I served dinner for four and it was scrumptious. I do love pheasant meat. I loved the crisp skin and tender, moist insides. It’s grilling time and this sure made me love the process.
You can purchase our whole pheasants at our retail store on HWY 51 in Janesville, WI or at our online store. I promise you that a pheasant from MacFarlane Pheasants will be delicious! More recipes are available in our free downloadable cookbook. There are many ways to prepare pheasant and the recipes in our cookbook are all tasty. If you look through our blogs you can learn about some of my favorites.