Pheasant with Fennel-Bacon Dressing



Fennel and applewood-smoked bacon provide an interesting flavor profile to an old favorite.


  1. Melt butter in medium skillet; saute fennel, celery and onion until vegetables are crisp-tender (4-5 minutes). Stir in pine nuts, bacon, parsley, marjoram, salt, sage, fennel seed and pepper. Stir into bread cubes. Pour chicken broth over bread cubes mixture; let stand 5 minutes until chicken broth is abosorbed. Spoon into 2 1/2-3 quart casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight. Melt butter and oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute pheasant halves, skin side down until browned (about 15 minutes). Turn pheasants, saute 5 minutes longer. Arrange pheasant, skin side up on jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Spread pheasants with chutney. Bake, covered, on bottom oven rack in preheated 350 F oven to an internal temperature of 165-170 F, (35-45 minutes). Bake dressing, uncovered, on middle oven rack until heated through (35-45 minutes).
* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.