Roast pheasant with ricotta & Parma ham

Roast pheasant with ricotta & Parma ham

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

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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: per serving

  • kcal336
  • fat16g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.13g
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  • 90g pack Parma ham
  • 140g ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 1 tbsp thyme leaf, plus some sprigs
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 2 oven-ready pheasants, washed and dried
  • 150ml extra-dry vermouth
  • olive oil, for drizzling
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  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.

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24th Dec, 2012
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!
18th Nov, 2012
Utterly delicious
26th Sep, 2012
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!!
23rd Jan, 2011
mmm lovely!
29th Nov, 2009
Tasty but the legs were still very tough, possibly should cook for longer next time, though then the breast may well be dry.
18th Jan, 2008
very rich and tasty. perfect for chrismas dinner.
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