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Monday 1 December 2014

The Big Glut Recipe – December

Chargrilled pheasant with Brussels sprouts and chestnut cream 

An intimate dine-in for two. You can get your butcher to prepare the pheasant and there are plenty of prepared chestnuts in the supermarkets if you don’t want to roast them yourself. This is based on a recipe seen on ‘Saturday Kitchen’.


  • 2 boneless pheasant breasts
  • 2 boneless pheasant thighs
  • 250g/9oz prepared Brussels sprouts
  • 150ml/5fl oz red wine
  • 200g/7oz smoked bacon lardons
  • 110g/4 oz roasted chestnuts
  • 400ml/14fl oz double cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Finely slice the chestnuts, finely shred the Brussels sprouts. Get a griddle pan hot and start lightly grilling the pheasant thighs, skin side down. A little while later add the breasts skin side down, they take less time. Grill until lightly browned, turn and cook through according to your taste but don’t dry them out.

Fry the bacon lardons to a golden brown in a saucepan, drain off the excess fat and add the sprouts, chestnuts and cream. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and cook gently for about five minutes, at least until the sprouts become tender and the cream thickens.  Season to taste. Pour the red wine into a frying pan, boil and reduce to two-thirds of its original volume.

Serve the pheasant on a helping of the Brussels sprouts and chestnut cream with a spoonful of wine reduction over each. A Rioja might be nice.

Have a happy Christmas and see you next year.

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