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Game Stock Recipe
A good basis for all game sauces, especially if making a game-flavoured Demi-Glace Sauce, for that special occasion. Obviously, you must use the type of bones as the dish you are preparing, to give you continuity of flavouring, but half the game bones can be replaced with beef or chicken bones. It's worth making the full amount, as it freezes well.
If you can't find game bones at all, use our recipe for Dark Chicken Stock instead.
For about 2 litres:
About 2 kilos of your chosen bones, cut into pieces if they are big
2 medium, unpeeled, onions - each stuck with 2 whole Cloves
2 old Carrots, washed, cut into big chunks
2 sticks of Celery, roughly-cut into lengths
1 Leek, split, and carefully washed
1 x 400gr/14 oz tin of Chopped Tomatoes and their juice
1 tablespoon (15ml) Tomato Purée
1 rounded teaspoon (5ml) Herbes de Provence or 1 Bouquet Garni for Game from www.gourmetherbs.co.uk (http://www.gourmetherbs.co.uk/)
2 Bay Leaves
1 teaspoon (5ml) whole Black Pepper Corns
4-6 cloves of Garlic - depended on their size
450ml/1 pint Heavy Red Wine
225ml/8 fl oz Sercial Madeira (optional, but for that special occasion)
3 litres/5¼ pints Water
Equipment needed: a large roasting tray; a stockpot big enough to hold all the ingredients - perhaps 6 litres/10½ pints.
1. Heat the oven to 230ºC/450ºF/Gas 8.
2. Put the bones in the roasting tray and roast them for about 40 minutes, stirring them round occasionally, they should be starting to brown.
3. Add the onions, carrots, celery and leek to the bones, and cook for a further 30 minutes.
4. Remove the roasting tin from the oven carefully, and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
5. Deglaze the roasting tray with half the wine, by scratching the base of the roasting tin to remove as much caramel as possible - the liquid should turn a pleasant brown.
6. Transfer the ingredients and their liquid into a big casserole, then add all the other ingredients.
7. Bring this mixture slowly to the boil on top of the stove, skimming off any froth if necessary.
8. Simmer the mixture for about 5 hours, then strain the liquid into a clean fresh container, discarding the solids, but squeezing as much juice from the vegetables as you go.
9. Cool the stock, then refrigerate.
Any fat that rises to the top can easily be removed, before using the stock.