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Pheasant with Cranberry Sauce

 Pheasant with Cranberry Sauce
"My Uncle Stanley, an avid hunter and fisherman, encouraged me to try game cooking, and this recipe is one of my successes," relates Sharon Shamosh from Rockville Center, New York. The tangy orange-cranberry sauce that complements the tender meat makes it ideal for the holidays.
4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pheasant (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel

Directions

  • Sprinkle cavity of pheasant with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon
  • pepper. Place pheasant on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Drizzle
  • with butter; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Cover and bake
  • at 325° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 40-60 minutes longer or
  • until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting with pan juices
  • frequently.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar,
  • orange juice and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes
  • or until the berries begin to pop, stirring frequently. Stir in the
  • orange peel. Simmer 5 minutes longer. Cover pheasant with foil and
  • let stand for 10 minutes before carving. Serve sauce with pheasant.
  • Yield: 3 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 5 ounces cooked meat with skin equals 619 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 165 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 54 g protein.
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