For a simple post-Christmas supper using the finest local and seasonal ingredients, try this take on Coq Au Vin using pheasant instead of traditional chicken. A favourite from Kilnsey Park Estate in Skipton.
What better way to stave off the chilly October evenings than with a delicious Game Pie. Try this seasonal favourite from the Shibden Mill Inn, recently voted Best Freehouse in the 2015 Great British Pub Awards.
With the 2015 pheasant season now well underway – why not make the most of this delicious and healthy seasonal meat with this tempting recipe from Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil.
Preheat the oven to 170 C / Fan 150 / Gas Mark 3
Cooking time: 11/2 hours plus overnight chilling
# Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
# To make the pastry, first warm a mixing bowl and sift the flour and salt into it. Make a well in the centre. Heat the lard in the milk and water in a saucepan over a medium heat until just reaching boiling point, then pour into the well in the flour and stir quickly with a wooden spoon until thick.
# Continue working by hand to form a smooth dough. Cool slightly, then use the dough to line a greased 20cm tin, keeping some of the dough for the lid separately in a warm place. Put the tin onto a tray.
# Line the pie case with the pastry and cut out a disc of pastry for the lid. Cut all of the game breasts into strips lengthways approximately 5mm thick. Season the pork and the game meats. Now layer the pork and breast meats inside the pie case, repeating until all the meats have been used. Brush the rim of the pastry with the egg yolk, cut a small hole in the centre of the pastry lid (through which the jelly will be poured when the pie is cooked), then seal to the base.
# Egg wash the lid and cook the pie in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Towards the end of the cooking time for the pie, soak the leaf gelatine in a little cold water, until soft. Then bring the game stock, sloe gin and redcurrant jelly to the boil in a small saucepan, then remove the pan from the heat and add the soaked gelatine, whisking until this is dissolved. Add the juniper berries and allow to cool a little without setting.
# After the pie has been removed from the oven, use a funnel to pour the sweet jelly through the hole in the lid, into the pie. Allow to cool, then refrigerate overnight. The jelly will set in a similar way to that in a traditional pork pie. Enjoy!
Pre-Heat the oven to 190°C
Finely chop the shallot, garlic & thyme
Mix together the pheasant and sausage meat, and add the shallot mix
Now shape your pheasant mix into 2 burgers either by hand or using
a burger press
Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, and carefully place the
burgers into the pan
Turn the burgers after one minute, and then add to the pan the bacon
and red onions
After one more minute place the pan in the oven, and cook for 5
Once cooked, warm the baps in the oven for 30 seconds
Butter the baps, and place the burgers inside the bread along with
the red onions and bacon
Add a side salad garnish and some redcurrant jelly, and your meal is ready to be served!
To make the bread sauce; bring the milk to the boil with the onion in it and let it infuse for approximately 20 minutes. Remove the onion and add the remaining ingredients. The sauce should be of a loose, dropping consistency. Set aside and keep warm.
To make the game chips; peel the potato and slice thinly. Remove as much starch as possible by rinsing in cold water, then pat dry. Heat the oil and deep fry for two to three minutes until golden brown.
To cook the grouse; Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Season and put the juniper berries inside the cavities of the birds. Tuck a sprig of thyme under each leg and lay two rashers of bacon over each breast.
Heat the fat in a roasting tin and sear on each side. Roast for 16 to 20 minutes, depending on size, then remove from the tray and keep warm. Add the root vegetables, any juices, stock, sloe gin and red wine and simmer gently for approximately six minutes. Sieve into a saucepan and check the seasoning.
Serve with the game chips, vegetables, bread sauce and a pot of redcurrant jelly.
Preheat the oven to 170 C / Fan 150 / Gas Mark 3
Begin by removing the skins from the tomatoes: place them in a heat proof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for a couple of minutes until the skins have split. Carefully drain away the hot water and when cool enough to handle, peel off the skins. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and remove and discard the seeds. Roughly chop the remaining tomato flesh.
Using a deep frying pan or wok on a hot hob, heat 1tbsp of the Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil with Chilli & Spice and fry the chopped bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and put into an ovenproof casserole dish which has a lid.
Put half of the chorizo slices (leave the other half to one side) into the frying pan and cook until the fat has been released and the chorizo is crispy. Remove from the pan and add to the bacon in the casserole.
Coat the pheasant joints in the flour and cook in the frying pan to brown and seal the meat. Remove and add to the casserole with the bacon and chorizo.
Fry the onions and garlic in the same frying pan until just beginning to brown. Then add the chopped tomatoes, dry white wine, beef stock, tomato puree, bay leaves and paprika. Stir well over the heat to mix everything together. When the mixture starts to bubble, pour it into the casserole over the meat. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1tbsp Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil with Chilli & Spice in a frying pan and fry the remaining chorizo until crispy. Remove the chorizo from the pan and drain it on kitchen paper, ready to use as a garnish.
Season the casserole with salt and pepper to taste and serve the pheasant (a leg and a breast joint per person) with the chorizo and bacon sauce and a crispy chorizo garnish.
*Try this... Chicken with Chorizo and Bacon - chicken joints may be used instead of the pheasant, in which case the cooking time in the oven may need to be extended a little.*