British game pie with orange and parsley gremolata

4
1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

Pie

  • 500g of shortcrust pastry block
  • 1.5kg mixed game, chopped (most good butchers will sell packs of ready-diced mixed game)
  • 100g of streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 500ml of red wine
  • 500ml of beef stock
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of marmalade, smooth
  • 300g of mushrooms, mixed (such as chestnut, chanterelle, button)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp of plain flour
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • butter, for greasing
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Gremolata

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 orange, grated zest
  • 1 bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped

Method

1
Heat a few glugs of vegetable oil in a large pan or casserole dish and fry the meat in batches until golden brown (it is important not to crowd the pan). Set aside, then repeat until all the meat is browned, adding more oil as necessary
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 500g of shortcrust pastry
  • 100g of streaky bacon
  • 1.5kg mixed game
2
Add a little more oil to the pan and cook the onions, celery and carrot with the bacon for 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook out for another 4–5 minutes, stirring all the time
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 onions, large
3
Add the stock, wine, marmalade, bay leaves, thyme and season well with salt and pepper. Return the game meat to the pan and bring to the boil, then allow to simmer for 1 hour, or until the game is tender. Mix in the mushrooms and set aside
  • 500ml of beef stock
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of marmalade
  • 500ml of red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 300g of mushrooms, mixed
4
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5
5
Grease a 20cm/8inch pie dish well with butter. Divide pastry into two-thirds (for the base) and one-third (for the lid). Roll out the larger piece of pastry so that it is large enough to line the dish
  • butter, for greasing
  • 4 tbsp of plain flour
6
Press the pastry into the dish and cover with baking parchment. Fill with baking beans or dried rice, then bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before removing the baking parchment and beans. Fill with the pie filling, being careful not to overfill the dish
7
Roll out the remaining third of the pastry to make a lid. Brush the edge of the pastry with the beaten egg and lay on top of the filling, pressing the edges together to seal
  • 1 egg, beaten
8
Brush the lid all over with the beaten egg, you could add decorative pastry shapes from the scraps, if liked. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown
9
Just before serving, mix all of the ingredients together for the gremolata, then sprinkle over the pie to serve
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 orange, grated zest
  • 1 bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped