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Roasted Pheasants with Oyster Stuffing

A hunter's holiday dinner from field editor Gloria Warczak of Cedarburg, Wisconsin features bacon-topped pheasants with savory oyster stuffing. No hunters in the family? Many meat departments can order pheasant, or you could substitute two broiler-fryer chickens.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) whole oysters
  • 2 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 2 cups corn bread stuffing mix
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 pheasants (2 to 3 pounds each)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 6 bacon strips

Directions

  • Drain oysters, reserving liquid; coarsely chop oysters. In a large bowl, combine the oysters and liquid, stuffing mixes, 3/4 cup broth, onion, celery and egg substitute. Loosely stuff into pheasants. Skewer or fasten openings. Tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • Combine Worcestershire sauce and remaining broth; spoon over pheasants. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Place three bacon strips over each pheasant.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for poultry and 165° for stuffing. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes before removing stuffing and slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 528 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 178mg cholesterol, 1053mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 62g protein.

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