CHEF SCOTT: Braised Belgian Pheasant

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Hunting season is upon us with pheasant hunters heading out into the fields of Iowa and Illinois in late October.

It has Chef Brad Scott thinking.

"You know it's fall time, it's hunting season, and I have this great pheasant recipe," says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program at Scott Community College.

"And it's kinda Belgium, so let's get started."

1. Cut two large potatoes into small pieces
2. Pour 2 Tbsp of oil into a pot, allowing it to get hot
3. Add mixture of carrots, onions, and celery
4. Add potatoes
5. Cut apart pheasant into pieces
6. Salt and pepper to taste
7. Place pheasant into the pot with the vegetables, Stir
8. Add 1 1/2 cup of dried cherries
9. Add 1 1/2 cup of raisins
10. Add 1 Tbsp nutmeg
11. Add 1 Tbsp paprika
12. Add 1/2 cup sugar
13. Stir together
14. Add 1 bottle sweet potato beer (or any dark beer)
15. Add 1 1/2 cup beef stock
16. Add 1/4 cup apple cider
17. Add 1 diced Granny Smith apple
18. Stir together
19. Cover under medium heat for three hours

You can serve in a bowl with broth from the pot.

"I figure one pheasant per person," says Chef Scott.

"To make my Belgian friends even more happy, I like to serve Belgian cabbage with it."

"Enjoy!"