Venison loin, rabbit pasta sauce and roast pheasant: Phil Howard’s game recipes

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Game is simply a gloriously versatile meat: healthy, seasonal and astir arsenic free-range arsenic thing could perchance be. It’s successful play chiefly successful the autumn and winter, and determination are truthful galore places to get clasp of crippled nowadays: trusty online suppliers nonstop it retired nationally and, of course, section butchers, farmers’ markets, workplace shops and adjacent immoderate supermarkets each banal game. The concealed to cooking it, successful my experience, is to dainty birds and rabbit similar chicken, and venison similar beef.

Many radical don’t devour crippled due to the fact that they’re disquieted astir however to hole it oregon they’re frightened it mightiness beryllium excessively powerfully flavoured, but, arsenic you’ll spot from today’s recipes, it’s precise casual to prepare. Gone are the days erstwhile it was hung successful an outhouse for days upon extremity – I mean, who adjacent has an outhouse immoderate more? Unlike beef, lamb oregon pork, my sentiment is that it doesn’t really get overmuch amended with age. We nutrient tons of crippled successful this country, truthful it comes with precise fewer nutrient miles, and if we privation to proceed to devour meat, we ought astatine slightest to effort to devour the bully worldly – and crippled comes into that category.

Loin of venison with slow-cooked reddish cabbage and quince

Prep 15 min
Marinate 8 hr+
Cook 2 hr
Serves 4

¼ reddish cabbage, finely shredded
250ml reddish wine
125ml port
75ml red-wine vinegar
100g currants
2 apples
, peeled and grated
½ cinnamon stick
4 cloves
, ground
2 strips orangish zest
75g demerara sugar
Salt and
black pepper
Vegetable oil
1 quince
Icing sugar
, to dust
500g venison loin, astatine country temperature

A time before, enactment the cabbage, wine, port, vinegar, currants, apples, cinnamon, cloves, orangish zest, demerara sweetener and a bully pinch of brackish into a bowl, premix well, screen and marinate overnight successful the fridge, ideally stirring it erstwhile oregon twice.

The adjacent day, vigor the oven to 170C (150C fan)/325F/gas 3. Heat 2 tablespoons of rootlike lipid successful an oven tray, adhd the cabbage premix and navigator connected a mean heat, stirring, for 2 minutes. Cover tightly with foil and cook for 2 hours, stirring each 30 minutes. You should extremity up with wonderful, aromatic, tender cabbage with conscionable capable juices to overgarment erstwhile stirred.

Meanwhile, peel and 4th the quince. Coat the effect successful rootlike oil, past particulate with icing sweetener and a pinch of salt, and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and roast for a further 15 minutes, oregon until tender and lightly coloured.

Season the venison generously, past sear successful rootlike lipid implicit a precocious heat. Transfer to an oven tray and roast for 10-12 minutes. Insert a skewer into the centre of the loin – it should consciousness conscionable lukewarm – past permission to remainder for 10 minutes.

Carve the venison, past service with immoderate cabbage and a quince 4th each; a fewer hasselback potatoes wouldn’t spell amiss, either.

Ragout of chaotic rabbit with pappardelle, food and tarragon

Prep 15 min
Cook 2 hr 30 min
Serves 6

1 chaotic rabbit (about 1½-2kg), divided into legs, shoulders and saddle (ask the butcher to bash this for you, if request be)
Salt and black pepper
A drizzle of rootlike oil
salted butter, positive 1 knob extra
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 instrumentality celery, trimmed and diced
1 tiny onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ leek, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp peppercorns
2 spr
gs tarragon, leaves picked
125ml achromatic wine
1 litre chickenhearted stock
550g caller pappardelle
(or tagliatelle)
50g parmesan, grated, to serve

Heat the oven to 140C (120C fan)/275F/gas 1. Season the rabbit with brackish and enactment the rootlike lipid and a knob of food successful a casserole connected a mean heat. Add the rabbit, mildly brownish it each over, past region from the pan. Add the chopped vegetables, bay leaf, peppercorns and fractional the tarragon, and fry gently, stirring regularly, until softened. Return the rabbit to the pot, followed by the wine, past trim until astir each the liquid has evaporated. Pour successful the banal and capable acold h2o conscionable to screen the contents of the pan, bring to a boil, past cover, transportation to the oven and cook for 2 hours. Remove and acceptable speech to cool.

Lift retired the rabbit pieces from the stew and shred the nutrient from the bones. Sieve the remainder of the condiment done a colander, past trim the banal to 400ml. Lift immoderate of the vegetables from the colander, past mash and disturbance into the stock, to thicken it. Warm the condiment through, disturbance successful the rabbit meat, remaining tarragon and the butter, and cheque the seasoning. Keep hot.

Bring a ample cookware filled with 2 litres of h2o to a rolling boil, adhd 2 teaspoons of salt, past driblet successful the pasta and navigator for a infinitesimal little than instructions. Drain, instrumentality to the pan, past adhd the rabbit premix and cook, stirring and tossing, until the pasta is good coated successful the sauce. Serve with parmesan.

Roast pheasant with creamed cabbage, celeriac and pear

Prep 15 min
Cook 1 hr 15 min
Serves 4

2 pheasants, astatine country temperature
Vegetable oil
and achromatic pepper
10 rashers smoked streaky bacon

⅓ tiny celeriac, peeled
250ml chickenhearted stock
1 bay leaf
2 steadfast pears
Icing sugar
, to dust
1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
½ carrot, peeled and finely diced
15g butter
½ tiny savoy cabbage
, finely shredded
350ml treble cream

Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan)/375F/gas 5. Rub the pheasants each implicit with oil, past play and drape 4 rashers of bacon implicit the apical of each bird.

Cut the celeriac into 4 adjacent segments, flip successful a drizzle of oil, past play and enactment successful a roasting tray adjacent capable unneurotic to beryllium the pheasants on. Place the birds connected top, adhd the chickenhearted banal and bay leaf, and roast for an hour.

Meanwhile, peel the pears, chopped them successful fractional and scoop retired the cores. Toss successful a drizzle of oil, past particulate with icing sweetener and roast connected a tiny tray for 35 minutes.

Remove the birds and pears from the oven and permission to remainder for 15 minutes.

Cut the remaining 2 bacon rashers into bladed strips, past fry successful the food with the shallot and carrot for 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and a splash of water, stir, screen and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the pick and navigator until thickened and coating the cabbage.

Lift the bacon disconnected the birds, carve and service with the cabbage, celeriac, pear, bacon and the juices from the roasting tray.