If you're looking for a pheasant recipe that is a unique and flavorful dish, consider making this pheasant and wild rice pie. This classic recipe combines tender pheasant meat with hearty wild rice and savory seasonings, resulting in a delicious classic dish.
Get Started Making This Classic Pheasant Recipe
Every month my husband turns into a stranger. He brings out his camo, heavy pants, and boots. Once he plops the guns and ammo onto the kitchen counter, our bird hunting dog goes crazy. She knows it's time to stop being my running companion and time to go and get some dinner for us! Both husband and dog trudge out early in the morning to the fields with several friends and dogs in tow.
My only criteria is to bring those birds home looking just like the ones I would pick out of the grocery store. I don't like washing the post-hunting clothes or having bird feathers in the trashcan. And I don't have any desire to really go hunting. I hate guns and hate even picking up the gun case.
But I do love the taste and texture of fresh meat. There is such a difference from the store bought meat. It's delicious and more filling.
One of our favorite pheasant recipes has to be this pheasant or chicken and wild rice pie. It's absolutely amazing and keeps the meat so tender. If you are using pheasant, you will want to follow the notes in the instruction recipe.
Prepare the pheasant
Before you begin making your pheasant and wild rice pie, you'll need to gather all of your ingredients and prepare the pheasant. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, season your pheasant with salt and pepper and place it in a baking dish. Bake the pheasant for 25-30 minutes, or until it is cooked through. Once the pheasant is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool before shredding the meat.
Gather your ingredients
Now that your pheasant is cooked, it's time to make the pie. Let's gather the ingredients! You'll need:
- 1 roll out pie crust (you can use a gluten free pie crust if desired)
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken or pheasant
- 1 can cream of chicken soup (we used Health Valley)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 1 cup mixed vegetables
Cook your wild rice
While the pheasant is cooking, you can start preparing the other components of the pheasant and wild rice pie. Cook the wild rice according to the package instructions and set it aside.
Sautee vegetables and add the pheasant
Once the pheasant is cooked, remove it from the pan and set it aside. In the same pan, sauté diced onions, carrots, and celery until they are tender. (Note if you are in a hurry you can use frozen mixed vegetables). Add in some minced garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Stir in the cream of chicken soup and other spices. Next, add in the cooked pheasant and stir to combine. Finally, add in the cooked wild rice and mix everything together. Pour the mixture into the pre-baked pie crust and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Serve hot and enjoy!
Mix in the wild rice and seasonings
Once the vegetables and pheasant are cooked, it's time to mix in the wild rice and seasonings. The wild rice adds a nutty flavor and chewy texture to the dish, while the seasonings bring out the natural flavors of the ingredients. You can use a combination of herbs and spices, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, and black pepper, to add depth and complexity to the dish. Be sure to taste and adjust the seasoning as needed before pouring the mixture into the pie crust.
Bake the pie until golden brown
Pour the filling into the crust and spread it evenly. Top the filling with another layer of pie crust, crimping the edges to seal the pie. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking. Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is hot and bubbly. Let the pie cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Pheasant Recipes
Is wild rice healthy?
Yes, wild rice is generally considered to be healthy due to its high nutrient content. It is a good source of protein, fiber, and various minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Wild rice is also rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.
Compared to other types of rice, wild rice also has a lower glycemic index, meaning it causes a slower and steadier rise in blood sugar levels. Rice still has about 35 grams of carbohydrates per serving.
What is the best way to cook pheasant?
Some common ways to cook pheasant are: roasting, grilling, and braising. Because pheasant can often be a tougher bird to eat, you can also cook it in a slow cooker for a tender meat.
What are some common ingredients in pheasant recipes?
Some common ingredients used in pheasant recipes include: herbs and spices, vegetables, fruits, wine and broth, butter and cream, bacon and nuts.