Pheasant Mac and Cheese

Serves
2

Prep Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

For the pheasant, you can use leftover pheasant, or quickly poach a few pheasant breasts before starting.

Ingredients

Serving 2
  For the Macaroni
226g Dry macaroni
32g Unsalted butter
1/2 Shallot, chopped
1 Garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp All-purpose flour
480ml Milk
230g Cheddar, grated
1 tsp Dried mustard (optional
250g Cooked pheasant, shredded
  For the Breadcrumb Topping
63g Butter
94g Breadcrumbs

Equipment

Large Saucepan
Medium Saucepan
Small Skillet/Frying Pan
8x8 Baking Dish (optional)

Cook the Macaroni

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente.

Drain and rinse in cool water to stop the cooking, and to keep the pasta from sticking together. Set aside until needed.

Cook the Onions & Garlic

In a large pot over a medium heat, add butter. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped onions and cook for a few minutes until they turn translucent, then add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. 

Stir the flour into the onion/garlic mixture and cook for a minute.

Create the Cheese Sauce

Slowly add all the milk to the flour mixture while constantly stirring. The mixture will thicken as it heats.

Stir in the grated cheese and the mustard (if using). Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the cheese has melted.

Add the Macaroni and Pheasant

Once the cheese has melted, stir in the pheasant and cooked pasta.

Taste, and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Create the Breadcrumb Topping

Melt the butter in a small skillet over a low heat and stir in the breadcrumbs until well combined. Continue to stir over a low heat until the breadcrumbs are browned, 3-4 minutes should be enough.

Remove from the head, and let cool. (The breadcrumbs can also be toasted ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.)

Serve

Ladle the cheesy pheasant macaroni into serving dishes when it’s super creamy, and top it with crispy breadcrumbs.

If you’d prefer a casserole-style mac and cheese, you can transfer the contents to an 8×8 baking dish, top it with breadcrumbs, and bake at 170°C for 20 minutes. This is a great option if you want to make the dish in advance.

 

Pheasant

Protein (100g)

27

Calories (100g)

119

Fat (100g)

1.2

Cholesterol (100g)

66

Selenium (100g)

0.37

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