pheasant legs

cedahm

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I save pheasant and grouse legs through the year and make a big batch of confit over the winter holidays. It is one of my favorite game preparations. More or less any traditional/classic french recipe works, mine is mostly based on Thomas Keller's recipe from Bouchon, but Google will turn up a bunch. I prefer the simple old-school French treatments which all go pretty much like:

- Cure/Dry Brine for ~24h (salt, herbs, I also use a little bit of curing salt for color and texture)
- Rinse the cure off, dry, and place in a ceramic casserole, cover with melted rendered duck fat (you can make your own, but it's much easier and not very expensive to find in specialty grocery stores and can usually be reused at least once) with a couple of cloves of garlic and a few sprigs of thyme, cook in the oven at ~190 for ~8 hours
- Allow to cool (the fat will become solid again) andthen rest in the refrigerator for a day or two
- Before serving, pull out the whole dish, allow it to warm to room temp, pluck out the legs, crisp up in a cast iron pan (this step isn't absolutely necessary)

We use it for a bunch of different things - cassoulet, tacos, or just on a board with some cheese and crackers.
 

OntarioHunter

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Drumsticks I cook up with the rest of cut up meat in shake & bake. Then cut the drumstick meat off bone in the morning and feed it to the dogs. Too many tendons. Goose drumsticks I freeze till winter. Then thaw, bone, and can up for dogfood.
 

Hunting Wife

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So my husband just found a bag of legs we missed from last year, so I threw them in the pressure cooker, picked the meat and made this “Crack Chicken Casserole”. I don’t know, found it on Google 🤷🏻‍♀️ Just came out of the oven…once it cools it will be vacuum sealed for elk camp next weekend. Haven’t tasted it yet, but it smells fantastic!

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BrentD

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Best of luck in elk camp, but if you eat to well, does the hunting suffer?

Perhaps you should ship that to me overnight and fast yourselves before elk camp so you are hungrier and therefore more focused on killing dinner instead of rewarming it... :)
 

Hunting Wife

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Best of luck in elk camp, but if you eat to well, does the hunting suffer?

Perhaps you should ship that to me overnight and fast yourselves before elk camp so you are hungrier and therefore more focused on killing dinner instead of rewarming it... :)
That’s elk packing fuel 🤣

We’ll eat one real meal a day. The hunting suffers more without it, cuz I get hangry.
 

huntin24/7

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That Buffalo pheasant dip is a great idea. I actually just cooked some legs yesterday. I made a combination of flour and seasonings until I liked the taste. Then I dipped the legs in an egg wash and then rolled them in the flower mixture. I fried them in oil at med heat flipping over a few times til done. Then I put a little BWW Asian zing glaze on them. Pretty tasty.
 

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