Game Cookery

Game Cookery

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Duration: One Day
Theme: Game
Level: Intermediate
Price: £160 weekends, £140 mid-week

Please note that the December course is now fully booked! 

Game is one of Britain’s most delicious natural ingredients and one for which the Swinton Estate is justifiably renowned. From pheasant, partridge, grouse, pigeon and wild duck, to rabbit and venison there is a breadth of choice to suit every taste and budget. Being lower in cholesterol and fat than most meats, it is a healthy choice too.

Game is extremely versatile and can be used in wide variety of dishes from traditional roasts and casseroles to terrines, tagines and curries. In the past, people have been put off by concerns about strong taste, tough meat and fiddly bones but these are all easily avoided with some simple guidelines.

This game cookery course will delight both experienced game chefs and novices with chef’s delicious recipes and professional tips for making game easy to prepare, cook and serve. 

Dishes typically covered in this course include:

Venison Stew

Game Parfait

Roast Partridge with Garlic Confit

Roast Pheasant with Watercress and Lentils

A selection of rabbit dishes

Bread Sauce
Game Chips
Fondant Potatoes
Celeriac Purée
Quince Purée
Savoy & Red Cabbage
Braised Endive

Techniques covered by this course include:

  • What to look for when buying game
  • The effects of hanging
  • Plucking, skinning and butchery
  • Cooking techniques, use of bones for sauce base
  • How to tell when meat is cooked, resting and keeping meat moist
  • Portioning birds before serving, for ease of eating
  • Making the finished sauce and flavouring variations
  • Preparation of traditional accompaniments

The above dishes are representative of the recipes taught on this cookery course. However, Swinton Park Cookery School reserve the right to change any or all of these dishes, as circumstances require.

Course Dates

Friday 9th December 2016
Saturday 28th January 2017
Thursday 23rd February 2017


To book this course please contact the Cookery School:

Tel: 01765 680969

Booking Information

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