A Recipe For Cottage Pie With Wild Game

Posted on: 6 April 2021

Wild game tends to have a flavor that's gamey. And while some people like this flavor, most find it a little overwhelming. So, when you are cooking with wild game, you want to make sure you use recipes that call for ingredients that minimize this gaminess. Creamy ingredients and veggies tend to do the trick — which is why this recipe for wild game cottage pie is such a hit!

You'll need:

  • 1 pound wild game meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 large carrot, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup button mushrooms
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 prepared pie crust
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Mix the all-purpose flour with some salt and pepper. Toss the chunks of wild game in this mixture.

Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the meat cubes, and cook over high heat until they are browned on all sides. Deglaze the pan with the red wine and beef stock. Stir well to make sure you loosen all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add your thyme, garlic, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and onion to the beef mixture. Cover the pan, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender and a thick gravy has formed. Turn off the heat, and set this mixture aside.

Now, you need to make your mashed potatoes. Boil your peeled, chopped potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain the potatoes, and use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash them. Add the half and half and butter, along with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Pour your beef stew mixture into the prepared pie crust. Spread your mashed potatoes over the top, making sure you seal them all of the way to the edge of the pie crust.

Place your prepared cottage pie in a 375 degree F oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until the potatoes are brown on top. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

This recipe is absolutely delicious when made with venison or rabbit meat. However, you can easily make it with just about any wild game, including bear or elk.

To learn more recipes, check out a wild game recipe blog.