Gamekeeper’s pie

Gamekeeper’s pie

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 6

Tailor this mash-topped stew to suit whatever game is in season - add more matured meat if you like a strong game flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal435
  • fat21g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre9g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.1g


  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 700g mixed game meat (partridge, pigeon, pheasant, rabbit and hare all work well), deboned and cut into 3cm pieces
  • 300g pack venison sausages (about 6 sausages), removed from their skins



    The term venison was originally used to describe the meat of any furred game, but in Britain it…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml red wine
  • 500ml chicken or beef stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tsp thyme leaf, chopped
  • 400g potato, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 600g mixed root vegetable (use parsnips, celeriac, swede or turnips), cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp milk



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  1. Heat half the butter and the oil in a large pan, add the onion and carrots, and cook for about 10 mins until soft. Add the game and sausagemeat to the pan. Turn up the heat, squash the meat with the back of your spoon to break it up, and cook for 10 mins until nicely browned.

  2. Stir the flour and tomato purée into the meat, cook for 1 min, then add the wine, stock, sauce, bay and 3 tsp thyme. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat, cover with a lid and cook for 1 hr. Remove the lid and cook for 15 mins more until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened.

  3. Put the potatoes and veg in a large pan, cover with water, bring to the boil and cook for 20 mins until really tender. Drain, leave to steam for 5 mins, then mash with seasoning, milk and the remaining butter.

  4. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tip the meat into an ovenproof dish and spoon on the mash. Sprinkle with the remaining thyme and bake for 45 mins until the top is golden and the sauce bubbling.

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21st Apr, 2019
I have made this a few times now, sometimes with a shop bought pastry topping instead of the mash, which makes it a bit faster and less faff to make. Both are really nice. On several occasions I have just used pork sausages, and I’ve found them to be a good substitute. Will keep returning to this. It’s a great recipe.
18th Jan, 2017
I also just used a game pack without the venison sausages, I doubled the amounts for wine/tomato puree/worcestershire sauce and made a bit more mash. This is just because some in our house find game a bit strong, it tasted really good.
Lyme Regis
1st Jan, 2017
We had this last night for New Year's Eve. Unfortunately we found it rather bland. You could not even taste the venison sausages in it at all. I won't be making it again sadly
caitlin willoughby
30th Mar, 2015
I'm a gatekeeper my self at the age of 15 and these work great together
24th Feb, 2014
I made this as a stew (no pie topping) the other day for my family and guests and it was a big hit! I left out the sausages and just used the pack of game meat I had in the fridge, and put a few more carrots in. I made it the day before then kept in the fridge overnight and reheated it on the day - it was amazing this way as the meat was really tender and all the flavours had come together beautifully. Clean plates and people asking if there was more!
12th Jan, 2014
Wonderful! Bags if flavour, I used mixed game and added a partridge breast too. The mash was overpowered by the meat but it didn't spoil the overall flavour. I'd eat it again and so would my husband.
17th Mar, 2013
Made this a couple of times now and it's delicious
15th Oct, 2012
Very tasty! I used all venison and it was lovely
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