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Oven Roasted Pheasant

Yet another must try recipe from Wild Game Cuisine. Find the original recipe at


Especially when the bird is massaged inside and out with garlic butter and filled with a spicy ground cooked chorizo.
I had a young two pound pheasant in the refrigerator for a few days before I decided that pheasant is what’s for dinner. I didn’t brine the bird, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t brine your bird first. You can never go wrong with giving your fowl a soak overnight. Just make sure that the bird is pretty dry prior to roasting.

I brought this bird up to room temperature before smothering it and stuffing it with flavorful fragrance. I also added a side of parsnip sticks to roast alongside the pheasant – think french fries without the fry. So good. Of course, if you don’t like these yummy root veggies you could always substitute with carrots or potatoes.

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 60 min
Serves 4


  • Whole Pheasant  ·  1 
  • Unsalted Butter  ·  4 tablespoons 
  • Garlic  ·  4 cloves 
  • Lemon, cut in half  ·  1 
  • Olive Oil  ·  4 tablespoons 
  • Parsnips, peeled and cut into sticks  ·  3-4 
  • Ground Chorizo, mild  ·  1 pound 
  • Salt and Pepper  ·   


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and brown the ground chorizo until fully cooked. Remove the chorizo and discard the grease.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and remove from heat. Using the side of a wide blade, smash the garlic cloves on a cutting board and add to the melted butter. Let cool.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Set the pheasant in a roasting pan and rub the garlic butter all over the bird including the cavity and under the skin. Generously season with salt and pepper. Stuff 1/2 of the cooked chorizo into the cavity of the bird. Tress the legs closed with butchers twine and tuck the wing tips in so they don’t burn. Place the parsnip sticks in the pan along with the remaining chorizo. Wet the parsnips with olive oil and season a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the lemon halves to the roasting pan.
  5. Place the roasting pan in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the pan, baste the bird and turn the parsnips. Set the roasting pan back in the oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the thickest part of the pheasant registers 165 degrees and the juices run clear. Remove from oven, baste the bird again and set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Carve the pheasant and serve with the parsnip sticks, chorizo and a side salad.
  7. Oh… and finish with a pinch of salt and the roasting pan juices = KILLER!

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