Fresh from the wild: comforting game recipes for autumn

Date:09-11-2013 08:58:32 read:3

Fresh from the wild: comforting game recipes for autumn

As the nights draw in, we crave warming, comforting dishes with ingredients fresh from the countryside

The hunger game: game pie Photo: Andrew Crowley

I adore this time of year: wild mushrooms, squash, cobnuts – all my favourite ingredients are in season. And of course there’s game, which, when cooked, smells like the very essence of autumn.

Game pies make a good hearty meal, and vary from a raised pork-pie style, eaten cold with its wonderful jelly, to a hot pie such as the recipe I give here. This one is a real crowd pleaser, especially if you use a whole grouse. And game pies are also handy for winning over guests who might balk at the stark reality of a bird on a plate.

I love a mixed game sauce either as a filling for stuffed pasta, a sauce for pappardelle or, as suggested here, a topping for polenta.

This quince salad is a recent invention, great with pigeon or any game bird. And I’m addicted to sausage rolls — but then who isn’t? These ones, with the savoury addition of game, are rich, easy to make, and very easy to eat.


Game pie recipe

Hunter-style sauce with baked polenta recipe

Spiced game sausage rolls recipe

Roasted pigeon salad with poached quince recipe

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