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Game Casserole with Rioja

1 450 g pack Game Casserole
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
450 ml Rioja wine; (16fl oz)
1 Clove garlic; crushed
15 ml Lemon juice; (1tbsp)
60 ml Olive oil; (4tbsp)
1 lg Onion; finely sliced
125 g Streaky bacon; roughly chopped (41/2oz)
100 g Button mushrooms; (31/2oz)
30 ml Plain flour; (2tbsp)
150 ml Beef stock; (1/4 pint)
60 ml Waitrose Redcurrant & Port Jelly; (4tbsp)


Place the game in a bowl, season and pour over the wine. Add the garlic, lemon juice and 15ml (1tbsp) olive oil, cover and leave to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.


Remove the game from the marinade with a slotted spoon and dry on kitchen paper, reserving the marinade.


Heat 15ml (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.


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.


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.


Return the game to the sauce, stir well, cover and transfer to a preheated oven 200C, 400F, gas mark 6,for 50 minutes.


Remove from the oven, stir in the redcurrant jelly, and cook for a further 10 minutes. Check seasoning before serving.





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