Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms

by Marla on April 3, 2013 · 22 comments

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Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

The winter and spring are duking it out daily here in Telluride, CO. Each day surprises. One day bulbs start poking through thawing soil and the next day snow storms & gusty winds push through.

On warmer days  Cowgirl Coolers are blended with ice. On bone chiller days, homemade comfort food like Orzo with Wild Peasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms keep us cozy & warm.

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Recently I was on a wild pheasant hunt for the very first time and Bob the dog caught me the bird used in this recipe.

Remember…

Pheasant Hunt in Southwest Colorado | Upland Bird Hunting | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Now I know y’all don’t have access to a wild pheasant.  Perhaps your local butcher can get you one. You can also order pheasant online.

If you can’t get ahold of a pheasant no worries. Feel free to use chicken or turkey in this recipe. If you are a hunter or have access to wild birds….you can try quail or grouse here.

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Don’t let anything hold you back from feeding yourself & your family a wonderful homemade meal.

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I know you can find mushrooms everywhere.

With wild mushroom foraging in the spring you can have great fun with the varieties you use in this recipe.

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms (use chicken too!) | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Orzo with Wild Pheasant, Sweet Potato & Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 g) dry Orzo Pasta, cook according to package directions
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Pheasant meat, cubed
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Mushrooms (White & Mini Bellas featured here), cleaned and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • ground Cinnamon
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Sweet Potato to yield about 3/4 cup Roasted Sweet Potato
  • Fresh Rosemary

Method

    Orzo Pasta
  • Cook pasta, toss with some olive oil and set aside.
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F with the racks in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat liner. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and season with cinnamon, garlic salt & black pepper. Toss with your hands. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until slightly browned, caramelized and very soft.
  • Pheasant
  • In a large sauté pan heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Add the pheasant and sear on all sides until mostly cooked. Add the mushrooms and quickly stir fry with the pheasant. Turn heat to low and add the sweet potatoes, stir in the orzo and rosemary. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tieghan April 3, 2013 at 5:56 am

WHoa! Look at you hold that thing! Crazy! I though I was tough growing up with 5 brothers, but girl you got me beat!! This looks so yummy!

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2 Marla April 4, 2013 at 4:30 am

Girl, you grew up with 5 brothers?! Geesh, i’m impressed. Bet they tool really good care of you :)

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3 Jenny Flake April 3, 2013 at 6:14 am

Fabulous Marla! Xoxo

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4 Julie @ Table for Two April 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

I LOVE orzo and how you paired the flavors together in this! Mushrooms are so hearty and the sweet potato gives you that nice rustic sweetness. I love everything in this, Marla!

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5 Marla April 4, 2013 at 4:31 am

Thanks Julie, you know me ~ all about those rustic, hearty, healthy flavors!

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6 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 3, 2013 at 6:47 am

Sigh…. can I come live with you Marla?

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7 Marla April 4, 2013 at 4:32 am

Sure! When are you moving in?

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8 Heather Christo April 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

Look at you girl! you are seriously living off the land there- very cool. The shots of the feathers are just so, so pretty. What are you going to do with all the feathers from your hunts?

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9 Marla April 4, 2013 at 4:34 am

Heather, that is an excellent question and one I have been pondering often. I am keeping the feathers and might even try to make some kind of jewelry. I will see. Certainly I will do something! They are so beautiful :)

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10 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch April 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

How much fun it looks like you had!!! This dish is gorgeous and looks delicious!!!

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11 Bev @ Bev Cooks April 3, 2013 at 7:14 am

I am dying for this. (no pun) But really, what I would give to stick half my body into this meal right now. Gorgeous.

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12 Julia @Vikalinka April 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

Stunning post! I love adventurous people and cooks:-) Thank you for linking to my recipe of Wild Rabbit and Pheasant Pie.

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13 Marian (Sweetopia) April 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

Wow! Look at you! Amazing!

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14 Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

That looks tasty! I still need to try pheasant!

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15 Carla @ Carlas Confections April 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

I agree with Sommer. I want to come live with you, and we will have this and cowboy coolers every day :D

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16 fabiola@notjustbaked April 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

Seriously beautiful photos as always. I haven’t had pheasant in a long time, but I enjoy it very much. Nice shot of you holding your catch! I would like to go hunting one day, it is on my list of things to do. Till then I may have to try this with game hen or chicken.

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17 Bree April 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

My husband is pheasant hunting as we speak! How long do you pan sear the pheasant?

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18 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain April 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

I too am wondering when this bipolar weather in Colorado will simmer down. Make a decision already! Thankfully there are choices on what we can eat depending on the weather because this pheasant with orzo, wild mushroom, and sweet potato looks divine.

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19 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

You are one adventurous hunter! Love this comforting, hunter meal :)

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20 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 4, 2013 at 12:24 am

Marla, you have a great ideas. I love this recipe. And composition on your pictures. The wooden fork is just too cute :)

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21 Mommypage April 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Yum, we haven’t had pheasant before but it looks really good! That is a great idea to add it with sweet potato and mushrooms!

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22 Nutmeg Nanny April 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Gorgeous photos, the feathers, the mushrooms, the meal! It’s all so beautiful :)

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