Yield: 4 Servings
|Salt and pepper|
|1 pint||Chicken stock|
|1½ teaspoon||To 2 ts arrowroot|
|8 ounces||Seedless white grapes|
|4 tablespoons||Double cream|
|1 teaspoon||Lemon juice|
Set oven at 350 or gas 4. Wipe the pheasants, season, and rub well all over with butter. Put a knob of butter inside each bird. Place the pheasants breast side down in deep pot roaster or flameproof casserole. Cover and cook with stock and buttered paper. Cook for 1 to 1¼ hrs until tender turning the birds breast side up after 25 minutes. When cooked remove the pheasants and keep hot. Boil the remaining liquid to reduce a little and strain into a saucepan. Blend the arrowroot with a little water and then stir into the hot stock.
Bring to a boil and stir until sauce thickens and clears. Add the grapes, cream and lemon juice, then heat through without boiling.
Check the seasoning. Arrange the pheasants on a serving dish, spoon the sauce over and serve. From Mrs Beetons Book of Cookery and Household Management 1994 ISBN 0-7063-7320-0 From : Eleanor Creighton