Thursday, November 06, 2008


serves 2

1 pheasant
4-5 rashers of bacon
3 sprigs thyme
1 pint milk
½ medium loaf white bread
2-3 pinches of thyme
1 onion, peeled and sliced
5 cloves
2 star anise
6 peppercorns, lightly crushed
1 bay leaf
25 grams butter
½ medium cabbage
125 grams butter
60 ml malt vinegar
170 grams demerara sugar
4 prunes
2 slices bacon
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 190c. Season the bird well. Wrap the bacon all over to prevent the meat from drying out and secure with either cocktail sticks, or by tying with string. Drizzle a little olive oil over the bird and sprinkle over some fresh thyme. Roast, basting occasionally, for 25 –35 minutes, depending on the size of your bird. Remove the pheasant from the oven and rest the bird breast side down (to catch the juices), set the bacon to one side. Finely slice the cabbage and place in an oven–proof pan. Pour over the vinegar, sugar and butter and mix well. Place on the heat and allow to come to the boil. Cover with a sheet of greaseproof paper and bake in the oven at 180c for approximately 45 minutes – the cabbage should be cooked but still have a bit of bite. Remove from oven, taste and alter seasoning if necessary. Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into rough cubes. Transfer to a food processor, season with a little salt and pepper and ‘pulse’ until well crumbed. Add the thyme flowers and blend again. Sweat the onion in a little butter, add the cloves, star anise, crushed peppercorns and the bay leaf. Pour over the milk and bring to the boil. Taste and season if necessary. Strain the milk through a sieve – using a wooden spoon to push through as much of the flavor as possible. Return the infused milk to the heat and gradually add the breadcrumbs until you’ve reached your preferred consistency. Finally, whisk through the butter to add a little extra richness and gloss. For the devils on horseback, simply slice the bacon in half lengthways and wrap around the prunes securing with a cocktail stick. Pan fry in a little olive oil until the bacon is crispy and prunes have softened. Serve a leg and breast of pheasant along side the bread sauce, red cabbage and devils on horseback.

courtesy of: Gordon Ramsay, The F Word

1 comment:

Alex said...

that'd be a nice alternative to Thanksgiving turkey over here. Don't forget to check out the bacon talk community over here: