Great British Game Week - Classic Game Pie

An all-time family favourite and a great way to use up a mix of birds in your freezer when you have numbers to feed. You can use any mixture of game for this delicious pie – pheasant, hare, grouse, partridge, rabbit or duck; the more variety the better. Quiz your guests to see if they can recognize what you have used!


  • 675g/1½lb mixed game meat such as pheasant, partridge, hare and rabbit, boned

  • 225g/8oz venison steak cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

  • 2 red onions, peeled and sliced

  • 120g/4oz smoked streaky bacon, rind off and chopped

  • 120g/4oz chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 30g/1oz plain flour

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 orange, zest and juice

  • 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly

  • 300ml/½ pint chicken stock

  • 300ml/½ pint red wine

  • 340g/12oz puff pastry

  • Salt and pepper

  • beaten egg, for glazing

Preparation method

  1. Heat a tablespoon of the oil and brown the game and venison in batches until well browned. Keep on one side.

  2. Heat the rest of the oil and cook the onions for five minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic, bacon and mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  3. Stir in the flour and cook for two minutes. Season well and stir in the bay leaf, orange zest and juice, redcurrant jelly, stock and wine.

  4. Bring to the boil, add the meat and simmer gently for 40-50 minutes until the meat is tender. Cool.

  5. Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  6. Put the meat mixture in a pie dish. Roll out the pastry to make a lid and attach to the dish. Decorate with the pastry trimmings and cut a steam hole in the centre. Glaze with beaten egg.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden and risen and the filling is piping hot.

Serving Suggestion

Try serving this with a delicious, creamy celeriac and potato mash.

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Image courtesy of Game to Eat

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