This beautiful roasted bird was served at the Obama inaugural luncheon.
Game plan: Pheasant can be substituted with chicken.
- Yield: 10 portions
- 10 pheasant breast, boneless, remove tenders and reserve for stuffing, cut small pocket in side of breast for stuffing
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil with chopped rosemary, thyme and sage
- 1 lb. wild rice, long grain
- 2 quarts chicken stock or canned chicken broth
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1⁄2 onion, diced
- 1⁄2 cup dried apricot, small diced
- 1 tablespoon salt and pepper mix
- 2 tablespoons garlic, roasted
- Boil the rice with the chicken stock, cook until soft and most of the liquid is gone.
- Add the onion, carrot, garlic and apricot. Cook until the vegetables are soft and all liquid has been absorbed. Refrigerate rice mixture until cold.
- In a food processor, puree pheasant tenders to a paste consistency to use as a binder for rice mix.
- When rice is cool, add the pheasant puree to the rice until well mixed. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and return to refrigerator until ready to stuff.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Make 10 small football shaped patties of the rice mix, stuff inside the pheasant, being careful not to overstuff the pheasant. Rub herb/oil mixture on top and bottom of the pheasant, season with salt and pepper. Place the pheasant on a heavy gauge roasting pan and then in a preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with lid or foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve over sauté of spinach.