The best recipes to celebrate Great British Game Week 

Great British Game Week is part of the BASC’s Eat Game initiative and British Game Alliance’s Eat Wild campaign. This year it’s taking place right in the middle of the best game season, from 22nd to 28th November.

The week-long celebration both encourages people to try game for the first time and try out new products or game recipes such as pies, sausages, burgers, and charcuterie. 

Not only can game be a delicious alternative to farmed meat, it can also be much more sustainable too. As the animals aren’t intensively farmed, they are truly organic and are often locally sourced, meaning that the carbon footprint of the game industry is relatively small, with very few miles from farm to fork. 

What’s more, the wild game industry also plays a fundamental role in managing the populations of these animals across the UK – without the work of the game industry, populations would increase to unsustainable levels. 

So, with this in mind, we’ve created a round-up of some of our favourite games recipes for you to try this month.

Braised rabbit pappardelle 

If pasta is your thing, why not give this braised rabbit pappardelle a try? The rich game meat is slow-cooked in stock and wine, creating a delicious ragu, then served with ribbon pasta. 

The ragu needs about an hour to cook, so it’s a great one to leave on the stove while you nip for a quick autumn walk with your family and friends, or to make in advance. 

Venison, onion, and red wine pie 

For those looking for a hearty meal to warm up on these cold autumn nights, this venison, onion, and red wine pie is perfect. 

The recipe is packed full of flavour, including ingredients such as beef dripping, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme, which all perfectly accompany the rich and earthy flavours of the venison. 

Wild boar sausage toad in the hole 

This wild boar sausage toad in the hole adds an exciting twist to the classic British comfort food – swapping out everyday pork sausages for something a little more adventurous. 

This meal is an ideal way to introduce yourself to game for the first time, it takes just 50 minutes to cook, and is delicious served with buttered greens and redcurrant jam or mustard.

Pigeon and hedgerow salad 

The beginning of autumn is the time that blackberries come into season, and they go perfectly with game – making them a great addition to this pigeon and hedgerow salad

Offering a lighter alternative to heavier meals that game is often associated with, this tasty salad packs a flavoursome punch with its Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, and chive dressing. 

Whether you’re trying game for the first time, are looking to eat more sustainably, or just want to mix up your favourite recipes this autumn, why not give one of these recipes a try!