Seasonal Pheasant with Spicy Tomato and Chorizo

Main courseServes 4

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

Andrew Pern’s Game Pie

Serves 8

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!

The Coniston Pheasant Burger Served with Redcurrant Jelly, Burger Relish & Salad Garnish

Main courseServes 2

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 minutes 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!

Paul Boyer’s Pheasant with Chorizo from The Cooking with Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil Book

Main courseServes 4

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.*