Moroccan Pheasant Tagine
The north African spices and flavours really compliment the pheasant, making a particularly good winter warmer.
|For the Dish|
|3 tbsp||Olive Oil|
|2||Onions, 1 chopped and 1 sliced|
|100g||Ginger, roughly chopped|
|1 tbsp||Ground Cumin|
|1 (large)||Butternut Squash, deseeded and cut into chunks|
|2 tbsp||Red Wine Vinegar|
|1 (small)||Red Onion, finely chopped|
|1||Lemon, zest of|
Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a flameproof dish, then add 4 seasoned skinless pheasant breasts and brown them on all sides. Remove the pheasant to a plate to cool for later.
Whizz 1 chopped onion, 100g tomatoes, 100g chopped ginger and 3 garlic cloves into a rough paste.
In the dish fry 1 sliced onion in 1tbsp olive oil in the dish until softened, then add 1tsp turmeric, 1tbsp cumin, 1tbsp coriander and 1tbsp cinnamon and fry for around 1 minute until fragrant.
Add the paste, and fry for another few minutes to soften.
Add the butternut squash to the dish along with the pheasant breast and fry for a minute or two before adding the pheasant stock, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar and 2tbsp brown sugar.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cook for about 30 minutes, or until the pheasant is cooked through.
Carefully remove the pheasant and stir in 100g dried cherries.
Continue to simmer the sauce so it thickens while you shred the pheasant into bite-sized chunks.
Stir the pheasant back into the sauce and season to taste.
Mix 1 finely chopped small red onion, the zest of 1 lemon, a handful of mint leaves and 100g of crumbled feta cheese.
Scatter over the dish, then serve alongside couscous and natural yoghurt.