Pot-roast pheasant with sweetcorn mash

Pot-roasting pheasant keeps it deliciously moist. Potato and sweetcorn mash makes the perfect accompaniment.

School Of Nutrition Posted Oct 21, 2014 Future Fit Training

Serves 3-4

Preparation time: 30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time: 1-2 hours


For the pot roast

  • 15g/½oz butter
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 pheasants, plucked, gutted and ready to cook
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 500g/1lb 2oz carrots, cut into batons
  • 4 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 150ml/5fl oz dry Riesling wine
  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the mash

  • 200-250ml/7-9floz milk
  • 1-2 generous pinches saffron
  • 1.2kg/2lb 11oz large baking potatoes, baked until cooked through
  • 45g/1½oz butter
  • 180g/6½oz sweetcorn, cooked
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the pot roast, place a flameproof casserole large enough to take the pheasants and all the carrots over a high heat. Add the butter and the oil and melt together.
  2. Add the pheasant and fry, turning regularly, until golden-brown all over, then remove from the casserole and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat, then stir the onion and garlic into the fat and fry gently for 3-4 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Add the carrots and tarragon and stir around for 4-5 minutes, then return the pheasant to the pot, nestling it breast-side down in among the carrots.
  5. Pour over the Riesling and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Bring up to the boil, then cover with a tight-fitting lid. Turn the heat down low and leave to cook gently for one hour, turning the pheasants over after 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, for the mash, place the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, add the saffron and set aside to infuse.
  8. Cut the baked potatoes in half and scoop the flesh out into a clean saucepan. Add the butter and salt, to taste, and place over a low heat.
  9. Gradually add the saffron milk, mashing continuously. Stop and assess the texture - if you prefer your mash softer and runnier then add more milk.
  10. Add the sweetcorn and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  11. To finish the pot roast, check that the pheasant is tender and cooked through, then lift out onto a serving plate and keep warm.
  12. Add the cream to the casserole and simmer for two minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  13. Spoon the sauce around the pheasants and serve the mash alongside.

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Recipe from BBC Food.