Pheasant pie

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pheasant
1 bay leaf
1 celery stalk
6 peppercorns
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup butter
½ cup flour
1 cup light cream
⅛ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1 can pearl onions; (16 oz)
4 ounces mushrooms; sliced
1 pack frozen peas; (10 oz)
2 canned pimientos; sliced
1 pastry for single crust

Place pheasant in a large kettle and cover with water. Add bay leaf, celery, peppercorns, and 1 tbsp salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook over low heat 2 to 3 hours, or until pheasant is tender. Remove meat from bones and strain broth.

Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and stir until blended. Gradually add 2 cups of the broth, stirring constantly. Add light cream, pepper, and salt.

Cook, stirring, until thickened. Arrang pheasant pieces, onions, mushrooms, peas and pimientos in a 2-quart casserole. Add sauce, leaving at least a 1-inch space at the top.

Prepare pastry. Cut pastry circle ½-inch larger than casserole and place over pheasant mixture, turning edge of pastry under and pressing to casserole with fork or spoon. Garnish top with leaf-shaped pastry cutouts and acorns made by attaching a pastry circle to a filbert with a clove.

Bake in a preheated 450 F oven for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Serve with a tart green salad, garlic bread, and ale or beer.

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