Royal Game Soup
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Royal Game Soup

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Serves 8

A rich and hearty soup for special occasions, using 'game' carcases.

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  • 1 lb Pheasant or grouse carcasses
  • 1 lb Venison bones
  • Water.
  • Seasoning of salt and pepper.
  • Two chopped carrots.
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 black peppercorns, roughly ground
  • 1 small bunch of parsley stalks and celery leaves, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 2.4 litres (4 pints) stock (from above)
  • 900g (2lb) Game Bones or Carcasses (hare, rabbit, pheasant, partridge, grouse, venison)
  • 450g (1lb) Left-over Meat, shredded (pheasant, grouse, venison)
  • 2-3 Carrots, sliced
  • 2 Leeks, chopped
  • 2 Rashers Bacon, chopped
  • 25g (1oz) Butter
  • 2 Sticks Celery, chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Small Parsnip, chopped
  • Bouquet of Fresh Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Bay leaves, Rosemary and Tarragon)
  • 12 Black Peppercorns
  • 4 Cloves finely chopped
  • 1 glass Port
  • Salt to taste


    1. STOCK: Place bones in a large saucepan and cover with water. Season, bring to the boil and simmer. During this time skim off the fatty scum and discard.
    2. After about three hours add the chopped vegetables and simmer for another two hours. Still keep skimming off the fat that rises to the surface of the pan.
    3. Remove from the heat and sieve the liquid into a new pan. Throw out the bones and vegetables. Please don't be tempted to keep the vegetables for future soup, it will be tasteless because all the goodness is now in your soup stock. This stock may be made in advance and frozen.
    4. SOUP: Melt the butter in a large saucepan and fry the bacon. Add the bones (or carcasses) and fry gently. Add the carrots, leeks, celery, onion and parsnip. Stir well and cook until the bones and vegetables are well browned.
    5. Add the stock, herbs and seasonings. Bring to the boil, simmer for 2 hours, skimming as required. Strain the soup, removing any meat from the bones. Add the left-over meat (grouse, partridge, pheasant, hare, rabbit or venison). Simmer for 30 minutes.
    6. Stir in a glass of port a few minutes before serving. Serve immediately.

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16th Dec, 2011
Doing some game, Venison, Pheasant and Grouse over Christmas and will make this lovely looking soup with the bones, carcasses and some of the meat .... MMMMMM .... can't wait, will let you know the verdict !!!
9th Nov, 2010
The stock can be made days earlier and frozen - making this an ideal soup for a Christmas Dinner or other special occasion.
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