Here at York Guns we are always looking for new recipes, especially game recipes.  So when we came across this recipe for Pot Roast Pheasant by James Martin, we knew we had to share.  Not only delicious but cooked in one pot, so super easy too!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Ability: Easy
  • Serves 4

Oven roast this rich game bird – bring out the flavour with sweet cider and apples, and let the juices run into a cream and sage sauce


Pot Roast Pheasant


  • 50g butter
  • 2 pheasants, cleaned
  • 100g bacon lardon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 4 sage sprigs, leaves chopped
  • 2 eating apples, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 500ml cider
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 100ml double cream
  • mashed potato, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Melt the butter in a large non-stick flameproof dish. Season the pheasants, add to the dish and brown on all sides. Remove from the dish and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon, onion, celery and sage to the dish and cook for 10 mins until the onion is soft and the bacon is crisp. Carefully pour off any excess fat.
  3. Return the pheasants to the dish and scatter over the apples. Pour over the cider and the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 25 mins until the birds are cooked through.
  4. Remove the birds from the dish and keep warm. Return dish to the hob over a high heat. Let the liquid bubble until reduced by half, then add the cabbage, cover with a lid and cook for 3 mins. Add the cream, check the seasoning, and continue cooking for 1 min more. Serve the pheasant on top of the cabbage mixture with some mashed potato, if you like.

There you have it! A delicious meal cooked in under an hour, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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