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Pheasant stew with chestnut dumplings

Pheasant stew with chestnut dumplings

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Pheasant stew with chestnut dumplings

Serves 4

Cooks In2 hours 55 minutes

DifficultyShowing off

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 855 43%

  • Fat 46.4g 66%

  • Saturates 19g 95%

  • Sugars 15.2g 17%

  • Salt 3.7g 62%

  • Protein 57g 114%

  • Carbs 40.6g 16%

  • Fibre 4.9g -

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 2 pheasants
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 3 small red onions
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 celery heart
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 200 g higher-welfare streaky bacon
  • 6 fresh bay leaves
  • 300 ml madeira
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 50 g chestnut flour
  • 50 g suet
  • 1 pinch of baking powder
  • 25 g ready-cooked chestnuts

Recipe From

Jamie Magazine

By Peter Begg


  1. Cut the legs off the pheasants and chop in half at the knee.
  2. Cut off the breasts and wings in one piece, then chop in half. You’ll have 16 pheasant pieces in total. Reserve the carcass.
  3. In a bowl, mix the flour with a few pinches of sea salt and black pepper, and toss in the pheasant pieces to coat. Leave for a while so the flour sticks to the skin.
  4. Peel and chop the onions and carrots, then trim and chop the celery, reserving the peelings. Peel and halve the garlic.
  5. To make pheasant stock, chop the carcasses in half and put them in a saucepan with a third of the veg and garlic, and all the peelings.
  6. Add water to cover, and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 1 hour, skimming off any floating bits.
  7. Pass through a fine sieve, discarding the vegetables and peelings, then reserve.
  8. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over a medium heat. Cut the bacon into lardons, then add to the pan with the floured pheasant pieces.
  9. Brown slowly on all sides, adding more butter as required.
  10. Add the remaining vegetables, garlic and bay leaves, and cook until soft and fragrant.
  11. Pour over the madeira and top up with stock to just cover the meat. Simmer gently for 45 minutes, adding stock if the liquid reduces.
  12. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4.
  13. To make the chestnut dumplings, mix the ingredients in a bowl, crumbling in the chestnuts.
  14. Mix with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add a pinch of salt and pepper, and just enough cold water to bind everything.
  15. Dust your hands with flour and roll into about 25 Brussels sprout-sized balls.
  16. Pour the stew into an ovenproof pot. Drop in the dumplings, poking them under the surface of the stew.
  17. Cover tightly with a lid or tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until the dumplings are fluffy and have soaked up the liquid. Serve with braised red cabbage.

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