Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant

by Marla on March 27, 2013 · 33 comments

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Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Have you ever tried Pheasant? Lately we have been enjoying it pretty often & I am grateful for that!

This recipe is simple & brings out the delicate flavors of this stunning bird. What could be better than a butter rub with citrus & rosemary?

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Not only did I acquire some fine Pheasant on a recent hunting trip ~ I was also sent a lovely surprise from MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Pheasants are stunning game birds. The males being especially beautiful, adorned with bright colors and markings.

The bird on the top is a pheasant ~ look at those vibrant colors! The guy on the bottom is a Chukar Partridge.

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Try my recipe for Mandarin Roasted Rainbow Carrots with this citrus Pheasant…they go real well together.

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

These pretty feathers are from the Pheasent hen that Bob the dog caught for me….

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

This would be a great meal for Easter or bookmark for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.

Enjoy!

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant

Ingredients

  • 1 Pheasant (2.5 - 3 pounds), rinse and pat dry
  • 1 Orange, cut in 1/2
  • 1 tablespoon softened Butter
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • fresh Rosemary

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Rub entire pheasant with butter, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle 1/2 of the orange over the top. Cut the other half of the orange into smaller pieces. Stuff the cavity of the bird with a few orange slices and some rosemary. Place the rest of the orange slices around the bird.
  • Roast for about one hour, the skin should be crisp & golden brown. Remove from the oven and loosely tent the bird with foil until ready to serve.
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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie @ Table for Two March 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

Oh interesting! No, I’ve never have a pheasant before but it sure looks delicious the way you prepared it. I’m definitely up for trying some – are you accepting dinner guests tonight? Haha ;)

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2 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Of course Julie ~ come on over :) Plenty of pheasant for all!

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3 Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 27, 2013 at 5:52 am

That certainly is one tasty looking meal! I am going to have to try cooking pheasant sometime soon!

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4 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Kevin, pheasant totally seems like your kinda thing. Hope you get to try it soon!

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5 Rosa March 27, 2013 at 5:54 am

oh, fabulous! I have never eaten pheasant and dream of tasting that wild bird…

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Rosa, I could picture you creating the most wonderful recipes with this bird!

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7 Tieghan March 27, 2013 at 6:05 am

WOW! WHAT an amazing looking table! You guys know how to eat!

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8 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Tieghan!

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9 Kelly March 27, 2013 at 6:35 am

What a gorgeous dish, looks incredible! :)

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10 Cookin Canuck March 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

This is simplicity at its best. What a beautiful meal, Marla!

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11 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Dara, I am all about simple ~ ya know….

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12 Jenny Flake March 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

Wow, haven’t had pheasant before Marla!! You make anything look gorgeous :) xoxo

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13 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Thanks Jenny! I am certain you would love it and I bet you would come up with some really creative recipes!

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14 Maria March 27, 2013 at 7:10 am

Love rosemary!

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15 Heather Christo March 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

totally beautiful Marla- my favorite is the shot with the feathers!

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16 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Heather ~ aren’t those feathers awesome!! I have so many of them….wondering what fun things I can create with them.

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17 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

That is just lovely.

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18 naomi March 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

Gorgeous Marla!

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19 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife March 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

What a feast!

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20 Carla @ Carlas Confections March 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

I havent had pheasant before, but that is a gorgeous bird! I wish I was having Easter with you! :D

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21 Marla March 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

Come on over! ;)

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22 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

What a gorgeous meal you made out of this beautiful pheasant. It looks so delicious and perfect for an Easter lunch. Thanks for sharing, Marla!

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23 Marla March 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

Thanks Georgia! This bird is perfect for Easter & for any time at all :)

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24 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

Beautiful, love these flavors!

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25 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I’ve never had Pheasant, but this looks wonderful. I love the citrus with it!

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26 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Angie, hopefully you can try pheasant soon ~ I bet you would love it!

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27 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Oh wow! This is simply gorgeous!

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28 Marian (Sweetopia) March 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Gorgeous Marla! I’m always mesmerized by your beautiful photos!

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29 Marla March 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Back at ya girl!!! Thanks for your sweet compliments :)

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30 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today March 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Amazing pictures, I ate everything with eyes already, now I need to make it for real :)

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31 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain March 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

Gorgeous pics, Marla! I’ve never cooked pheasant before for fear over cooking the bird. This sounds like a delightful recipe that boasts tons of flavor! Must try!

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32 Brian @ A Thought For Food March 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

So pretty… and then so delicious! :-) HAHAHA! These flavors… I can just imagine how wonderful your house smelled.

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33 Nutmeg Nanny March 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

Oh my goodness, this looks perfectly savory. I love this recipe :)

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