Glazed Partridge on Barley Risotto

Glazed Partridge on Barley Risotto
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Glazed Partridge on Barley Risotto
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Instructions
  1. Portion game birds in readiness for serving (breasts and wing/leg so 4 pieces from each bird) and place other parts in a pan for stock. Cover bones with boiling water, season with salt, pepper and herbs. Simmer for at least half an hour before ladling out any liquid.
  2. Sauté partridge portions in butter with a drizzle of rapeseed oil until golden, adding mushrooms and season. Remove from pan. Set aside mushrooms and place partridge in an ovenware dish with glaze ingredients. Place in pre heated oven at 190 C, covered with foil, and braise whilst barley cooking on hob. Remove foil towards end of cooking time to reduce sauce.
  3. Meanwhile add barley to the frying pan with all the lovely flavours and sauté with sliced leeks. Gradually add ladles of stock, deglazing the pan and simmering the barley. It will take approx. 45mins to soften.
  4. Towards end of cooking, add mushrooms to barley, adjust seasoning to taste and blend in redcurrant jelly.
  5. Serve in bowls with partridge set on top of barley.
  6. Serves 2 generous portions
Recipe Notes

Partridges kindly supplied by Craigadam. Craigadam Country House Hotel & Country Larder is on the outskirts of Castle Douglas where Richard and Celia Pickup have been entertaining guests for over 40 years. Their accommodation is beautiful and it is a very popular venue for weddings. Their country house style dining is rightly famed across Scotland as I can testify having just dined with a group of Les Dames d’Escoffier International who adored both their hosts and their dinner. Richard is a highly entertaining raconteur, sharing tales from the estate with the gathered guests. https://www.craigadam.com

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Autumn Game Casserole

Autumn Game Casserole
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Servings
4
Servings
4
Autumn Game Casserole
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Servings
4
Servings
4
Instructions
  1. Joint the rabbit, removing fillets and jointing legs.
  2. Place all remaining bones in a generously sized pan and cover with water. Add bay leaves and seasoning. Bring to boil and simmer for an hour or longer. When ready, drain and retain stock for the dish. (Any remaining meat can be stripped from carcass to make delicious stovies or risotto).
  3. In a pan, melt butter with rapeseed oil and sauté joints until nicely browned. Add onions and leeks to sauté and season. Ensure all ingredients are cooked to a rich golden colour.
  4. Deglaze pan with 150mls of stock and half the bottle of Laprig apple juice. Add rosemary and simmer, lid on, for a minimum of 50 minutes, adding more apple juice as required. The contents of the pan should remain lovely and juicy. Taste to check seasoning. Any spare stock can be frozen.
  5. When the dish is cooked, add a little blended cornflour if you wish. Bring to boil to create a smooth glaze. Remove rosemary sprig. Scatter with parsley.
  6. Serving suggestion: delicious with a buttery mash of carrot and potato.
Recipe Notes

*Chives need harvested by autumn so cut the lot! Sort, rinse and leave to dry - they should be fresh but not wet. Chop chives finely and mix into a couple of packets of softened butter. Wrap in clingfilm, like a big sausage, and chill. When hard, cut into discs and freeze. Perfect for cooking with all winter

recipe, photo & styling: wendy barrie

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