Hunters Style Corn Cakes
When making any recipe it is always important to gather everything that you need before getting started cooking. The concept, in French, is called Mis en Place. It simply means “things in place” and when you have everything in place while cooking, just like hunting, is that much more enjoyable.
Finding a use for the top half of a pheasant is easy. The legs however can be a problem. Large tendons on these running birds render them nearly inedible, but if you cook them long enough they become succulent and tender. For this recipe you are going to need to crock pot the lower half of a pheasant for several hours. I recommend overnight.
1 each pheasant, breasts removed
1 cup canola oil
2 bulbs garlic
1 ea apple, cut in 1/4
1 ea small red onion, cut into quarters
3 bay leafs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Turn the crock pot on low and add the pheasant and remaining ingredients. Add enough water to just cover the bird. Place the lid on the crock pot and allow to cook for 8-10 hours on low heat. Turn off the crock pot and let rest for one hour, for maister meat let rest overnight in the refrigerator. Then remove bird and pick meat from the carcass. Reserve meat for the corn cakes.
You can save the broth created by the pheasant and use that in soups or stews if you wish.
Corn Cakes –
1 box instant corn bread mix
¾ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ea Crock Pot Pheasant Meat – picked clean of tendons and bones
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 Tablespoons Honey
Salt and pepper
Heat skillet or large sauté pan on stove on medium low heat for 4 minutes. The pan must be warm or the corn cakes will stick.
Mix the beans, pheasant meat, chili flakes, eggs, and honey together in a medium sized bowl. Add the corn bread mix to the bowl and mix through. The mix will be very thick at this point. Add milk as needed to thin the batter to a pancake like consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.
Using pan spray lightly coat the bottom of the sauté pan and pour ¼ cup cakes. Make sure to leave enough room so they do not touch. Cook cakes until golden brown on one side (2-3 minutes) and then flip and brown on the other. Reserve the corn cakes in a warm oven.
Serve Hunters Style Corn Cakes with a squeeze of lime and slices of fresh tomatoes for a great appetizer!