July 7, 2020

Chef Vernam's Pheasant Calvados

This recipe has been brought to you by the Hunting Dog Podcast.


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium shallots,
finely chopped

4 pheasant breasts (I also use deboned thighs), washed and patted dry

Flour for dredging

Salt and pepper

2 oz. Calvados

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 cup cream

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, pared and sliced thinly into rings


Heat oil in an oven safe heavy skillet. Saute shallots in the oil and remove.

Lightly salt and pepper the pheasant and dredge the breasts and thighs in flour. Sear breasts and thighs in the same pan to medium rare, remove from skillet and set aside.

Deglaze the pan with the Calvados, then add the shallots, along with the mustard and chicken broth. Reduce by half. Stir in cream. Place breasts and thighs back in the sauce and arrange the apple slices on top of the meat.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove meat and apples to warm serving platter or plates.

Reduce sauce to desired thickness. If desired, adjust seasons and pour sauce over and around the breasts.

Serves four.

Brought to you by Chef Vernam, Chief Trainer of Meat Dog Kennels

Community Manager Gabby Zaldumbide stocking pheasants with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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