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Pheasant in Sharp Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-2 pheasant, trussed
  • salt & pepper
  • 14 fluid ounces chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • white pepper


Melt the first butter with the oil in a heavy, covered pan.

Brown the pheasants on all sides.

Season lightly with the salt and black pepper.

Add the stock, vinegar, cayenne or red pepper and bring to simmering point.

Cover and cook gently for 50-60 minutes, until tender.

Transfer the pheasants to a heated serving dish and keep hot while you finish the sauce.

Work the butter and flour together and gradually whisk small pieces into the stock, stirring constantly until it has all been absorbed.

Stir in the sherry and adjust the seasoning.

Simmer for 2 minutes, then spoon over the pheasants and serve.

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