Simply delectable, this dish brings great flavor to the palate.

Pheasant Breasts and Asparagus
Recipe type: Poultry
Serves: 4
  • 8 pheasant breast halves; boned, skinned
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper; to taste
  • 2 Cups chopped fresh mushrooms; lightly sauteed in butter until softened, then allow to cool
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 Cup grated cheese (Cheddar, Jack, Feta, Parmesan or combination)
  • 1/4 Cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 8 large asparagus spears; trimmed, blanched, and cooled
  • 1/2 Cup dry white wine
  1. Lay each pheasant breast half on a flat surface and "butterfly" by slicing a sharp knife along an edge and opening up the breasts so that there is a "hinge" holding the two sides together, much like a book. Season liberally inside and out with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine mushrooms, rosemary, cheese and breadcrumbs. Lay an asparagus spear in each breast along the hinge. The bottom of the spear should lie in the breast about 1 inch from the outside edge. Place an equal portion of the mushroom mixture on each asparagus. Fold the bottom edge over the asparagus and filling and then roll from one side, much like a burrito. The top of the asparagus will be sticking out of one end of the pheasant breast.
  3. Lay each breast, seam-side down, in a baking dish. Pour wine into pan and cover with lid or foil. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until breasts are just cooked. Serve over rice or pasta. NOTE: You may want to pour the liquid from the baking dish into a saucepan and thicken with roux or a cornstarch slurry to thicken. The sauce can then be drizzled over the cooked pheasant breasts.
This recipe yields 4 servings.

Comments: It seems that you can get fresh asparagus of fairly good quality just about any time of the year. You just have to be willing to pay for it. In September, those of us in California can find some great "grass" from South America if we feel like ponying up three to four dollars a pound. I prefer to wait until March or April when the local product is of exceptional quality and can be found for about a buck a pound. Stop by my house for dinner during the spring and you're likely to eat something with asparagus and, hopefully, you've brought a good bottle of wine. The recipe calls for two pheasant breast halves per person because my male friends are goons. If yours are not, you may get by with a few less breasts.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 142 Calories; 9g Fat (68.4% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 30mg Cholesterol; 178mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat.

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