Colonial Game Pie (King's Arms Tavern)

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Susan Feliciano

By
@frenchtutor

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.

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
12-15
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
2 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • One 4-5 lb
    duck
  • 2 lb
    rabbit
  • 2 1/2 lb
    venison
  • 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
    butter
  • 1 lb
    slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 can(s)
    pearl onions
  • ·
    pastry crust mix (see my recipe linked below)
  • 1
    egg
  • 2 Tbsp
    milk

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

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat 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.
  2. Simmer the rabbit in a small amount of water for 60 minutes or until tender.
  3. Cut 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.
  4. Add 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.
  5. Cut 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.
  6. Saute the mushrooms in the butter until lightly browned. Fry the bacon until crisp, and drain. Heat the onions and drain.
  7. Divide 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.
  8. Beat 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




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