Roast pheasant with ricotta & Parma ham

Roast pheasant with ricotta & Parma ham

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 6

For a really special Sunday lunch pheasant is a good choice. The parma ham crisps us beautifully in the oven and gives the pheasant an eye-catching edge

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
336
protein
40g
carbs
2g
fat
16g
saturates
6g
fibre
0g
sugar
1g
salt
1.13g

Ingredients

  • 90g pack Parma ham
  • 140g ricotta
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaf, plus some sprigs
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 oven-ready pheasants, washed and dried
  • 150ml extra-dry vermouth
  • olive oil, for drizzling

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Separate the layers of Parma ham and chop two slices finely. Mix the ricotta, chopped ham, thyme and Parmesan with some seasoning.
  2. Carefully ease the skin away from the breast meat of each pheasant and use half the stuffing per bird, pressing it to the contours of the breasts through the skin. This protects the meat from the heat and will stop it drying out. Poke some sprigs of thyme into the body cavity to add flavour.
  3. Put the pheasants in a roasting tin and top each one with the remaining ham. Season with pepper, then pour over the vermouth and drizzle with oil.
  4. Roast for 20 mins, then turn down the heat to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and cook for 40 mins more, basting every now and then with the pan juices until the legs are no longer pink. Cover with foil and a tea towel and leave to stand for 10 mins before carving. Serve with wilted spinach and potatoes prepared however you like them.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2007

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lizrowe's picture
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This seems to have become our traditional Christmas Eve dinner - as it ticks all the boxes for us. It's not too expensive, it's simple to prepare, looks impressive and tastes fabulous. We serve it with roast potatoes and a green salad - delicious!

lucyfer's picture
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Utterly delicious

tilleyflipflop1's picture
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I forgot to add the parmesan! Only realised now having just looked back at the recipe! This was delicious, very tasty realyl kept the birds moist- good seeing as they have been in freezer since last year! Could have eaten more!!

chicken83's picture
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mmm lovely!

ourseveninches's picture
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Tasty but the legs were still very tough, possibly should cook for longer next time, though then the breast may well be dry.

unitedfan's picture
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very rich and tasty.
perfect for chrismas dinner.

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