This is a good recipe for later on in the season when you won't want to roast a whole bird. Makes about 2-3 jars, depending on their size.
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
250ml red wine
450ml pheasant stock
100g bacon, roughly chopped
½ tsp blade mace
½ tsp black peppercorns
Seed and husk of 1 star anise
Bay leaves (1 per pot)
You will also need some glass jam jars with lids (small Kilner-style jars are good)
Skin and debone your pheasant – only the breast and leg meat is required for this recipe. Check to make sure you have cleared the shot, or alternatively you can buy breasts from a good butcher. The carcass and drumsticks should be saved and used to make a pheasant stock.
Soften the onion and garlic in a frying pan using some for the goose fat and season with salt and pepper. Add the red wine and reduce. Add your stock to the red wine reduction and continue reducing while you mince the pheasant meat, bacon and more goose fat on a coarse mince setting.
Take the mace, papercorns and star anise and grind using a pestle and mortar: Add this seasoning and the red wine stock reduction to the minced meat. Pass this mixture through the mincer once more on a fine setting. Take a small amount of the mixture, fry it off and taste it. Add more seasoning if required.
You should make sure your pots are sterilized before adding the pheasant mixture. This can be done by scalding them with boiling water for 30 seconds.
Empty the water and then put the meat mixture into your sterilized pot. Make sure you don’t over fill it otherwise the mixture will bubble over. Place one bay leaf in the top of the pot before putting the pots in the bain marie. Place the jar lids in a position where they can be closed quickly as soon as they come out the oven.
They should be cooked in the bain-marie at 160 degrees celcius/gas mark 21/2 for about an hour. Remove from the oven, seal the jars immediately and leave to cool. If unopened the potted pheasant should keep at an ambient room temperature for about four weeks, but refrigerated once opened.