Spanish Pheasant with Parmesan Crisps

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Serves2 people
Spanish Pheasant with Parmesan Crisps

A cut of wild autumn game with a summery Spanish twist – and a side of lacy Parmesan crisps – to celebrate the best of both seasons.


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 35g sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • A handful of rosemary, leaves only
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 wild pheasant breasts
  • 20g Parmesan
  • 400g tinned butter beans
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 25 mins | Cook: 45 mins

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1. Peel the butternut squash and cut in half lengthways. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Chop into bite-sized chunks. Peel and roughly chop the onion. Peel and thinly slice the garlic.
2. Finely slice the sun dried tomatoes and pop into a bowl. Cover with 200ml boiling water and leave for 5 mins to soften. Roughly chop the fresh tomatoes and add to the bowl.
3. Heat a large pan over a medium heat. Add 1 tbsp oil, the onion and garlic and cook for 4 mins till just softened. Add a handful of rosemary leaves, the squash and 1 tsp smoked paprika. Stir for 1 min. Add the chopped tomatoes and the sun dried tomatoes with their soaking liquid.
4. Stir the veg together, season, then cover. Cook over a low heat for 20-25 mins till the squash is tender when pierced with a knife. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Heat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4.
5. Meanwhile,s dust a plate with 1 tsp paprika and some seasoning. Rub 1 tsp oil into each pheasant breast, then roll in the paprika seasoning. Cover with foil and leave to come to room temperature.
6. Finely grate the Parmesan. Take heaped tsps of the Parmesan and make little piles on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave space in between each one. Put the tray in the oven and cook for 2-3 mins. The cheese should melt into flat discs. They will harden as they cool.
7. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Place the pheasant breasts in the pan and cook for 2 mins on each side. Put on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 6 mins. Lift out onto a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest for 5 mins.
8. Tip the drained butter beans into the squash pan and cook for 3 mins to warm them through. Serve with slices of pheasant and the Parmesan crisps.
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