Pheasant Breasts with Prune Sauce

    Pheasant Breasts with Prune Sauce

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    Fruit and game are a traditional combination. Serve these pheasant breasts with mashed potatoes and turnips.

    Serves: 4 

    • 3 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 100g breadcrumbs
    • 4 boneless, skinless pheasant breast halves
    • 175ml chicken stock
    • 8 bacon strips
    • 175g onion, finely chopped
    • 175ml apple cider vinegar
    • 450g tinned pitted prunes, chopped
    • 175ml double cream

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Place the apples into a small saucepan with the water, thyme, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the apples have softened and cooked down to a chunky applesauce, about 15 minutes. Remove the applesauce from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs.
    2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
    3. Prepare the pheasant breasts to be stuffed by cutting a pocket horizontally into each breast. Spoon the apple and bread crumb stuffing into each breast. Wrap each breast with two strips of bacon and place them into a baking dish with the chopped onion. Pour the chicken stock over the pheasant breasts and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Roast the pheasant breasts in the preheated oven until well done and the juices from the meat run clear, 30 to 35 minutes.
    5. Remove the breasts from the baking dish and cover with aluminium foil. Pour the juices from the baking dish into a small saucepan with the cider vinegar and prunes; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the cream and continue to boil until thickened.
    6. Slice the breasts diagonally and fan out on the serving platter, spoon the prune sauce over the slices to serve.

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