Method – Game pie filling:
- Put the game mix into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
- Now sprinkle with the flour and make sure the game is well coated.
- Heat a heavy based pot and add 5 tbsp oil.
- Add the meat and brown it all over.
- Now add the vegetables, bacon, garlic, thyme and butter and stir to prevent it sticking and burning (add a little ale if it starts to stick).
- Drop in the redcurrant jelly and allow it to melt through the meat.
- Cook this for about a minute and a half before adding the Loch Ness Dark ale.
- Let this reduce down before adding your stock (just enough stock to cover the meat).
- Cover with a lid and let it very gently simmer, make sure it doesn’t boil or the meat will stress and become tough.
- Remove the lid and with a slotted spoon or spider if you have one remove the meat and put it in a bowl, this will allow you to turn the heat up and reduce the stock into a nice thick sauce.
- Once you have the desired consistency then add the meat back into the sauce to warm through
- Top with a shortcrust pastry lid.
Method - Skirlie on the side:
- Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, add the onions and oats and season lightly, cook over a medium heat till the oats are golden and almost crispy.
- When the oats are at that stage crumble the haggis through the Skirlie and cook for 2 or 3 mins over a medium heat.
- Now add the chopped parsley and serve with the stew.
Scottish carrots, baby beets and red onions make a fantastic accompaniment.