First off, just skin them.. Its easier than trying to hand pull all them feathers without tearing the skin.
Heres a very easy and tasty recipe
Use Stove top stuffing, or wild rice, or whatever "stuffing you like"
Rince birds good removing any meat that is bloodshot bad and any BBs you can find., and place inside a plastic bag, Set in fridge for at least 2 or 3 days to tenderize..
Afterwards, rinse birds well, wipe dry with a soft cloth. Rub salt inside the cavities, stuff with your stuffing. Lace legs together to hold stuffing in.
Season the outside of the bird as you would for chicken (Season salt, salt and peper work great)
Lay breast up in a deep dish cassarole dish.
Lay 2 strips of bacon across the breast of each bird.
Bake at 325 for about 2 hours, depending on the size of the birds etc...
Chew carefully as BBs will probably be left in the meat.
I can't tell you from personal experience, but I can tell you that if you do a google search
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I don't have personal experience either, but I've had conversations with a cousin who loves to eat pheasant. His observations coincide with Marchwind - use a crock pot or an oven bag to cook your bird, with plenty of liquids inside to give the bird extra moisture.
Bon apetit - I've been wanting to taste this myself.
Pluck and clean the birds, keep the skin on, they WILL cook better, the meat will be tender, moist and stay together that way.
Try a covered dish with a rack to keep the bird 1/2" off the bottom. You can add a little water, but it shouldn't be necessary. Cook @ 300f for about 2 hrs. It should come out of the oven in one piece, but will fall off the bone when you start picking at it. The soft skin will peal right off the meat, so just give it to the dog if you don't want it.
For seasoning, the quickest is use a dry chicken BBQ seasoning, rub it on the outside and sprinkle some on the inside.
YUMMMMYY...that is my favorite wild game. I cook pheasant just as I would chicken. It does tend to dry out. I always skin them, it is so much easier. I cut them up and fry them like chicken nuggets, roast them, grill them, crock pot, etc. They make a really good soup too with wild rice. Hope you enjoy them. Lucky you to get that many, they are getting harder to find out here in W PA. Let us know how you liked them. :dance:
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