Earthy Delights Recipe

Fettuccine with Morels and Breast of Pheasant

Fettuccine with Morels & Breast of Pheasant
This is a truly memorable Celebration of Spring - perfect for a special occasion, and not intricate.

Pheasant is a very fine-grained and lean poultry with a mild flavor that goes exceptionally well with the other wild ingredients. If you can't find pheasant, substitute chicken.

Morel Cream Sauce
18-25 fresh Morel mushrooms, depending on size
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ramps
1 ¾ cup heavy cream
Sea salt & freshly ground white pepper to taste
nutmeg to taste

24 fresh fiddlehead ferns
2 tablespoons butter

2 boned, skinned, and halved pheasant breasts from birds approximately 3 pounds each
Sea salt & freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons butter
Fettuccine pasta


To prepare the sauce:

Clean the morels thoroughly. Pat them dry and halve them lengthwise, then cut into small pieces.

Melt the butter in a skillet, adding the morels and ramps. Stir gently but continuously as they cook. When they begin to soften, add the cream.

Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce begins to thicken. This should take roughly 15 minutes. Season with salt, white pepper, and nutmeg to taste.


Drop the Fiddlehead Ferns into boiling salted water, cooking until they're tender, but not soggy, about 5 minutes. Drain well and toss in butter.

To cook the Pheasant:

About ½ hour before serving time, sprinkle the pheasant with salt and pepper.

Heat the butter in a large, heavy skillet. When the butter begins to foam, add the pheasant breasts and brown lightly, about 5 minutes.


Turn and cook the pheasant over moderately low heat until they are barely cooked in the center.


Cooking them any longer will cause them to toughen and dry. Remove them from the skillet and allow them to sit for five minutes.




Cook enough fettuccine pasta to serve four people.

Toss the hot pasta with ¾ of the sauce.


Slice the pheasant breasts into 6 vertical slices and "fan" them over the pasta.

Top with the remaining sauce and surround with the fiddleheads.