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    Game Casserole with Rioja

    Serve this warming game casserole in its rich wine gravy with plenty of creamy mashed potato and green vegetables. If you have any fresh redcurrants in your freezer these may be added to the casserole with the redcurrant jelly.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes (plus marinating time)
    • Cooking time: 70 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes (plus marinating time)

    Serves: 3 - 4


    • 1 x 450g pack Game Casserole
    • Salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 450ml Rioja wine
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, finely sliced
    • 125g streaky bacon, roughly chopped
    • 100g button mushrooms
    • 2 tbsp plain flour
    • 150ml beef stock
    • 4 tbsp Waitrose Redcurrant & Port Jelly


    1. Place the game in a bowl, season and pour over the wine. Add the garlic, lemon juice and 1tbsp olive oil, cover and leave to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
    2. Remove the game from the marinade with a slotted spoon and dry on kitchen paper, reserving the marinade.
    3. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in an ovenproof casserole and fry the game until browned. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper. Add any juices from the pan to the marinade.
    4. Heat the remaining oil in the casserole and fry the onion and bacon until the onion is starting to soften. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes.
    5. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute stirring continuously. Gradually add the stock and the remaining marinade and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened.
    6. Return the game to the sauce, stir well, cover and transfer to a preheated oven 200°C, gas mark 6,for 50 minutes.
    7. Remove from the oven, stir in the redcurrant jelly, and cook for a further 10 minutes. Check seasoning before serving.

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