This dish has a real North African feel to it. Marinating the pheasant in harissa not only adds its fiery, smoky delicious flavour, but also helps to moisten and tenderise the meat. You can do this with partridge, pigeon or even chicken.
This is a fantastic recipe to showcase pheasant – typically seasonal and perfect for winter dining. Pot-roast the legs until they are nice and succulent with a light touch of smoked bacon and barley and a magnificent roasted breast.
Spatch-cocking the pheasant means it can lie flat when grilled. It cooks at a relatively high temperature, allowing the skin to crisp on the outside, whilst the meat remains juicy and tender.
This easy one-pot recipe is a failsafe way to cook pheasant for maximum flavour and moist, tender meat. Serve with mashed or roast potatoes for a hearty Sunday lunch on a crisp winter’s day.