A Tribute To The Farnsworth House In Gettysburg, Game Pie

Farnsworth House



Growing up in Gettysburg PA, I learned to cook working in high school and college at the historic Farnsworth House.  The fare at The Farnsworth House is food from the civil war era.  The specialty to this day on the menu is Game Pie.  At The Farnsworth House they make it with turkey, pheasant and duck.  I made it today with venison, rabbit and duck.  If you are visiting historic Gettysburg I highly recommend you have a meal at The Farnsworth House and order the game pie.  You can make it with any meats of your choice.  Here is my version of the dish:

1 duck meat trimmed
1 rabbit meat trimmed
2 lb venison steak cut into small pieces
2 pie crusts (I use the ready made you buy in the grocery store)
4 pieces of bacon
1 large red onion
3 carrots peeled and chopped
4 oz mushrooms sliced
1 oz flour
4 bay leaves
1 oz fresh rosemary finely chopped
1 oz fresh thyme finely chopped
2 tsb currants
zest and juice of one orange
1 cup chicken stock
1 egg beaten
In seperate bowl, mix game meat and flour until meat is coated.  Fry Bacon in large pan.  Remove bacon and leave the fat.  Slowly place meat in fan and fry until golden brown.  Remove meat and place in seperate bowl.  Add a little oil to pan and sautee onion, carrots and mushrooms until soft, approximately 4 minutes.  Add rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, currants, chopped bacon, zest of orange and simmer for just a few minutes to release the spices.  Add chicken stock and juice from the orange, meat and  simmer for a few minutes.  In large baking dish transfer everything and cover with foil but leave one end turned up to release the steam.  At 350 degrees bake the mixture for 1 hour.  While the mixture is baking prepare the pie dish.  Spray bottome with pam.   Place pie crust in bottom of pan and form around the side creating the bottom crust pressing around the edge.  After mixture is done baking place in the pie dish on top of the bottom crust.  Place the other pie crust on the top and with index finger and thumb work around the top of dish sealing it tightly.  With the egg brush it on the top of the crust to make it brown.  Take a knife and poke a small hole on the top to let the steam release.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees until crust is golden brown, approximately 1 hour.  CHEERS !!!!

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