All shooters should eat what they shoot and should know how to cook a few good game recipes.

Game is generally low in fat and cholesterol and of course it’s free range.

Gone are the days of hanging game for days – now the modern way is to eat pheasant and partridge on the day it’s been shot.

Not just roast pheasant

There are many different ways of cooking game and venison – it can be roasted, casseroled and makes the basis of some beautiful barbecues.

Recipes for all levels of cook

We’ve worked with several chefs to provide game cookery recipes for cooks at all sorts of levels – from novice to more experienced and there are recipes here suitable for Young Shots too, who haven’t done much cooking but want to enjoy eating the pheasant they shot earlier.

We’ve game recipes here to impress guests for a dinner party. Other dishes that are suitable when you’re short of time. We’ve also put together game recipes you can make from your store cupboard and ones that work well for a packed lunch.

It’s good to be able to enjoy game all year round from your freezer so we’ve also included instructions on the best ways to freeze game and wrap it so that it tastes delicious after the season is over.

The changing seasons will also change the way that game should be cooked – you’ll want to use seasonal vegetables and fruit so we have plenty of ideas for that too. Warming dishes for winter days and light, refreshing ideas for eating outside and at picnics.

Pheasant recipes | Partridge recipes  | Pigeon recipes  | Venison recipes | Rabbit recipes | Duck recipes   | Hare recipes 

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duck sausage rolls

Confit duck sausage rolls

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Roast pheasant

Roast pheasant – simply delicious

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A recipe for Italian-style guinea fowl

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A recipe for game risotto

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pheasant breasts recipes

10 essential recipes for cooking pheasant breasts

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Venison mince recipe

Venison and wild mushroom stuffed squash

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A recipe for venison biltong

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A recipe for salt baked rabbit

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Risotto recipes

Delicious risotto recipes that use game meat

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grilled partridge

Harissa-marinated and grilled partridge

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Six pigeon breast recipes you need to know

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Wild boar and venison koftas

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A reader’s recipe for pheasant crumble

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