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PHEASANT POT PIE HEATING INSTRUCTIONS

Keep pies frozen. Cooking times may vary if frozen or thawed.

  • Pre-heat oven to:
    FROZEN: 400° (375° for convection) / THAWED: 375° (350° for convection)
  • Cover pie with foil and bake on a sheet pan or cookie sheet for approximately: FROZEN: 50 min / THAWED: 45 min
  • Remove foil, continue baking 'til light brown
  • Apply egg wash*(optional) and bake until crust is golden and filling is bubbling
  • Total cooking time will be:
    FROZEN: 60-75 min / THAWED: 50-70 min

*To make egg wash beat one egg and mix in       1/4 cup of plain milk or cream

There are many good resources and videos available online that illustrate different techniques for cooking and preparing pheasants. The recipes below are Ponso family favorites and will provide you a few different methods used to prepare pheasants and other delicious dishes.

Remember, there is no "one right way" to cook a pheasant and we will continue to update this page as new favorites become available.

FANTASTIC PHEASANT SALAD

        • Boil 2 Pheasants for three hours or until falling of bones
        • Let cool and shred
        • 1 Jar Sliced Green Olives Stuffed With Pimento
        • 7 to 8 Green Onions sliced
        • 5 to 6 sticks of Celery chopped
        • 2 Bell Peppers chopped
        • 1 Bunch of Parsley chopped
        • 1 Tbsp of Poultry Seasoning
        • Pepper to taste
        • 24 to 30 oz. Cooked Spiral Noodles
        • 1 Qt Mayonnaise
        • Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for 4 to 5 hours

PHEASANT TACOS 

        • 1½ Lbs. Skinless Pheasant Breast Fillets (about 3 cups)
        • 2 Tbsp Olive or Vegetable Oil
        • 2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)
        • Warm Flour or Corn Tortillas
        • Condiments such as Salsa, Lettuce or Slaw, Shredded Cheese, Lime, Cilantro, & more
          **Preparation Time: 10-15 Minutes

Lightly pound the breast fillets until they are about 1/4-inch thick. Rub with olive oil or vegetable oil and coat with taco seasoning. For additional flavor, wrap seasoned fillets with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours.

Have all other ingredients ready to build tacos. Cook breast fillets over white-hot grill or in a hot, lightly oiled, skillet until they are just browned on both sides (Approx. cooking time: 5 minutes). Dice into dime-sized pieces and serve with your choice of condiments. Makes 8 average-sized or 12 small tacos.

Taco Seasoning: (Making your own seasoning is quick and easy. Simply combine the following ingredients)

        • ¼ Cup Chili Powder
        • 1 Tbsp each: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cumin, & Dried Oregano
        • 2 Tbsp each: Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, & Ground Coriander
        • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt (or any Coarse Salt)

FAGIANO ALLA CONTADINA: PHEASANT, FARMER STYLE 

        • 2 Small Pheasants
        • 2 Tbsp Lardo or Fat Back
        • 1 Onion, diced
        • 4 Sage Leaves
        • 2 Bay Leaves
        • 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
        • 2 Rosemary branches
        • 1 (16 oz.) Can of Peeled Tomatoes and juices, crushed by hand
        • 1 Ladle Chicken Stock
        • 8 Slices Pancetta
        • Salt and pepper, to taste
        • ¼ Cup chopped fresh Parsley

Quarter the birds and season with salt and pepper. In a 14 to 16-inch skillet, heat the lardo over high heat. Sear the poultry on all sides, then remove to a plate and reserve.
Add the onion, sage, bay leaves, garlic, and rosemary and cook over high heat 5 minutes. Add the stock and tomatoes, bring to a boil, and return the poultry to the pan, each piece wrapped in pancetta (secure with a toothpick if necessary).
Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until juices run clear from a piece of the bird.
Remove bird pieces to a serving platter, check sauce for seasoning, stir in parsley and spoon over pieces. (Recipe copyright 2000, Mario Batali)

“FALL-OFF-THE-BONE” BABY BACK RIBS

        • Cut pork ribs into serving size pieces
        • Sprinkle with season salt & pepper
        • Place meaty side down in roasting pan
        • Place sliced onions on top of meat & cover with foil
        • Bake at 225° for 3 hours. Drain fat & turn over
        • Smother with BBQ sauce (my favorite is Bulls-Eye cut with a little Newman’s Italian Salad Dressing ¾ cup Bulls-Eye to ¼ cup dressing)
        • Cover with foil up the temperature to 275° for 2½ hours
        • Baste the meat with the sauce every so often
        • For the last half hour take the foil off & bake at 400°
          ** Total cooking time approximately 6 hours
          ** Offer onions as a side dish

 FAMOUS BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

        • 1 Gal. Best Foods Mayonnaise(only)
        • 1½ Lbs. Blue Cheese Crumbled
        • ½ Gal. Butter Milk
        • 1¼ Oz. Granulated Garlic
        • ¾ Oz. Salt
        • ½ Oz. Coarse Black Pepper
        • Mix together all ingredients and refrigerate for three days before serving

UNFORGETTABLE CEASER SALAD DRESSING

        • 4 Anchovies; chopped
        • Lemon Juice from ½ Lemon
        • Cracked Pepper
        • 1 Tsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
        • ½ Tsp Garlic
        • ½ Tsp Dry Mustard
        • 4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
        • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
        • 1 Coddled Egg
        • Mix with Romaine Lettuce, Croutons and Sprinkle with Grated Cheese

PHEASANT CLUB SALSA 

Salsa base:
In a food processor, pulse the following until finely chopped:

        • Bunch of Jalapenos or other small hot peppers, stems removed, sliced in half, include the seeds
        • One large or two small Cloves of Garlic, peeled
        • ½ cup or so of Canned Whole or Diced Tomatoes

Once combined, scoop the salsa base into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Pop the cubes out of the tray and store in the freezer in a container or freezer bag. Don’t reuse the ice cube trays for making ice unless you test the result…you may have spicy ice cubes forever. 
Salsa:
In a food processor, pulse the following until desired consistency:

        • One 28 oz. can of Whole or Diced Tomatoes, including the juice
        • One salsa base cube – add more if needed later after letting the flavors develop
        • 1 small or ½ large White or Red Onion, peeled and roughly chopped
        • Small bunch of Cilantro with most of the lower stems removed

You could add the cilantro, finely chopped by hand after combining the tomatoes, salsa base and onion, if the food processor is pulverizing it too much.  
Important! Season to taste with salt, let the salsa for ½ hour before tasting again to make sure the flavors are good. Add more salt or other ingredients to balance the flavor and spiciness.   
** The salsa base cubes make for a good quick salsa by themselves. Quick defrost in the microwave.

 ROTEL FAMOUS QUESO DIP

        • 1 can (10 oz each) Rotel original diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained
        • 1 pkg (16 oz each) Velveeta, cut into 1/2- inch cubes

Combine undrained tomatoes and Velveeta in medium saucepan.
Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until Velveeta is completely melted and mixture is blended; stir frequently.
Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chip, crackers or cut up-fresh vegetables.

A TIGER BLOODY MARY

        • 1½ Oz. Vodka
        • ¼ Oz. Sweet & Sour
        • 3 To 4 Good Shakes of Celery Salt
        • 3 To 4 Drops of Tabasco
        • 4 To 5 Good Shakes of Worcestershire Sauce
        • Tomato Juice to the top
        • 1 Wedge of Lime, squeeze
        • 2 Olives with Pimento