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Pheasant With Leek And Pecan Stuffing

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Ingredients
  Young pheasants 8 Pound, thoroughly defrosted if frozen (2 Units About 4 Pounds Each)
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped yellow onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Carrot 1 Large, peeled and finely chopped
  Dried marjoram 4 Teaspoon (2 Tablespoons Plus 1 Teaspoon)
  Dried thyme 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 1
  Italian parsley sprig 6
  Chicken stock/Canned chicken broth 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Sweet butter 12 Tablespoon (1 1/2 Sticks)
  White of leek 10 Medium, well cleaned and thinly sliced
  White bread crumbs 6 Cup (96 tbs) (Good Quality Bread)
  Toasted pecans 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Finely chopped italian parsley 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Pancetta slice 4 Ounce (4 Units 1 Ounce Slices)
  Heavy cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

Rinse the pheasants thoroughly inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
Chop the neck, heart, and gizzard (save the liver for another use).
Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan.
Brown neck and giblets well in the oil, turning frequently.
Add the onion, carrot, and 1 teaspoon of the marjoram.
Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.
Uncover, add the thyme, bay leaf, parsley, and the stock, and season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes.
Strain the stock, discarding the solids, and reserve.
Melt the butter in a skillet.
Stir in the sliced leeks and cook, covered, over low heat for 30 minutes, or until leeks are very tender.
Toss leeks, including their butter, with bread crumbs, pecans, chopped parsley and remaining 2 tablespoons of marjoram.
Season lightly with salt and generously with pepper.
Toss again; if the stuffing seems dry, moisten it with 1/4 cup or so of the reserved broth.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Stuff the pheasants loosely and drape the breasts with the pancetta.
Tie it in place with kitchen twine and set the pheasants in a shallow roasting pan.
Set roasting pan in the middle of the oven and bake for about 1 hour, basting the pheasants occasionally with the fat and juices that accumulate.
Pheasants are done when the thighs, pricked with a fork at their thickest, dribble clear yellow juices.
Remove the pheasants from the pan, cover with foil, and keep warm.
Pour excess fat out of roasting pan.
Pour reserved stock and the heavy cream into pan and set over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until sauce is reduced by about one third.
Taste and correct seasoning.
Carve the pheasants and arrange the meat on a platter.
Mound the stuffing in the center and drizzle meat and stuffing with a few spoonfuls of the sauce.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Gourmet

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