Colonial Game Pie (King's Arms Tavern)

Susan Feliciano


Here's one for the Wild Thang group, for those of you who like cooking wild game. This came from the Colonial Williamsburg Cookbook, published 1975. A collection of recipes served in the taverns and inns of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Like all older cooking methods, this one takes some time.

The photo is just to show you what it's supposed to look like. I have eaten this in Williamsburg, but have never attempted making it.

★★★★★ 2 votes
35 Min
2 Hr 30 Min


One 4-5 lb
2 lb
2 1/2 lb
1/2 c
vegetable oil
2 c
port wine
1 1/2 qt
basic brown sauce (see my recipe linked below)
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground
1 c
currant jelly
1 1/2 lb
mushrooms, quartered
1/2 c
1 lb
slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 can(s)
pearl onions
pastry crust mix (see my recipe linked below)
2 Tbsp

How to Make Colonial Game Pie (King's Arms Tavern)


  • 1Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Salt the cavity of the duck and place it on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Bake for 30 minutes at 400, reduce the heat to 325, and bake until the duck tests done.
  • 2Simmer the rabbit in a small amount of water for 60 minutes or until tender.
  • 3Cut the venison into large cubes and saute in the vegetable oil in a large skillet until well browned, stirring and turning as necessary. Remove the venison and drain the oil from the skillet.
  • 4Add the port wine to the skillet and boil for 2-3 minutes, scraping up any brown particles. Return the venison to the skillet and add the Brown Sauce. Simmer for 45-60 minutes, or until the venison is tender.
  • 5Cut the duck and rabbit meat in medium-sized pieces, and place in the skillet with the venison to keep warm. Season with the Worcestershire sauce, garlic, pepper, and currant jelly.
  • 6Saute the mushrooms in the butter until lightly browned. Fry the bacon until crisp, and drain. Heat the onions and drain.
  • 7Divide the game mixture into individual greased casserole dishes and garnish the top of each with mushrooms, bacon, and onions. Cover each dish with the pastry crust, trim the edges, and prick the tops to allow the steam to escape.
  • 8Beat the egg lightly with the milk to make an egg wash and brush the tops of the pastry with the mixture. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Serve piping hot.

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About Colonial Game Pie (King's Arms Tavern)

Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: English
Other Tag: Heirloom