Recipe for Venison Pie from 'The Wellington Arms'

Monthly Venison and Game Recipe’s from the ‘Wellington Arms’.

 

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Voted No.2 in The Times 'Best Places to Eat in the Countryside', and Jason the 'Best Pub Chef' by the Good Food Guide. The Wellington Arms is an award-winning pub based in the countryside on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, offering carefully crafted, unpretentious dishes using home grown produce, and the best from the local area.

Just a stone throw from the hunting grounds of 'County Deer Stalking' we are delighted to be able to provide you with the first of many recipes from this award winning kitchen! The first of which is for Venison Pie.

Potpie of Roe Deer with Root Vegetable Mash

Serves 6

venisonpie555INGREDIENTS

Venison stew

2kg large diced roe or fallow deer leg

750ml (1 bottle) Shiraz or similar

400g button onions or shallots

200g celery, finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic

2 bay leaves

4 sprigs of thyme

1 litres veal jus

Puff Pastry

We make our own but buying it is much easier!

6 circles to fit your pie pots, or one big one for a large pie.

Approximately 6mm thick will give you a nice risen crust.

1 beaten then strained free range egg

Root vegetable mash

200g Parsnips

200g Swedes

200g Carrots

200g Celeriac

50g flat leaf parsley

all peeled and chopped into large cubes

butter to mash

cracked black pepper and sea salt to taste

METHOD

Sear off the venison pieces in a non stick frying pan with a little olive oil and butter until brown on all sides. Fry in small quantities so as not to overcrowd the pan. Transfer the seared venison from the pan into a colander, with a bowl sitting underneath. This will allow excess juices to be collected to be used later.

In a large sauce pan sauté button onions, celery and garlic until soft and lightly caramelised.

Add red wine, reduce by half. Then add stock and venison juices to pan. Bring to boil and skim if there is any scum or oil on surface.

Add bay leaves, thyme and venison and simmer for 2-4 hours until tender.

The cooking time varies greatly depending upon the age of the beast. The venison should be very tender, but not quite falling apart, as it is best made a day or two in advance. The stew looks best when all the pieces maintain their shape.

Cool, then transfer to a plastic container and refrigerate until needed.

This is a great dish to make for a dinner party as it can be completely made ahead of time and allowed to rest in the refrigerator until it is needed.

To assemble pies

Divide your venison stew into 6 pots, ensuring an equal distribution of the meat pieces.

On the underside of the puff pastry lids, paint a thin circle of beaten egg around their perimeter.

Invert the lid onto the filled pie pots, the egg wash will enable the pastry to stick to the dish.

Lightly press the pastry down into place, leaving small decorative indentations around the edge of the dish.

Now brush the entire lid with beaten egg ensuring it does not run down the sides of the pastry.

Cooks Tip: take care not to allow the egg wash to cover the sides of the lid as this will prevent the pastry from rising evenly.

Refrigerate the pies until needed.

To make mash

Cook all vegetables separately in a steamer, or boil. Cooking separately takes more time and more pans but will ensure that the vegetables cook properly and retain their individual flavour. Very lightly mash together with a little butter, chopped parsley leaves and season to taste. Keep warm in a large serving bowl until needed.

To cook

Remove all the shelves from your oven apart from the bottom one.

If you don’t do this the puff pastry will hit the shelves above!

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cooks Tip: if your pastry browns too quickly, place a piece of silver foil over the top of the pie.

To serve

Remove pies from oven and transfer the dishes to large dinner plates, held in place on a linen napkin.

Serve root vegetable mash at the table with some fine green beans with a little grated orange zest and extra virgin olive oil.

Eat straight from the dish with the vegetables along side.

Jason King 20/07/2011

To contact The Wellington Arms please visit their website:  http://www.thewellingtonarms.com/

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