Pheasant & mushroom pastry puff slice

Looking for an easy way to use up tasty pheasant leftovers? This golden brown pastry parcel with a sherry and crème fraîche sauce makes a filling lunch or hearty supper

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:40 mins
    plus chilling
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 628
  • fat 51g
  • saturates 25g
  • carbs 28g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 12g
  • salt 1.6g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 20g butter
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 5 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 8 mushrooms (preferably wild, oyster or chestnut), finely chopped
  • 100g left-over pheasant meat, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fino sherry or white wine
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 320g ready-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg mixed with 2 tsp milk (to make an egg wash)
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy-bottomed frying pan along with the thyme and bacon. Cook, stirring, for 4 mins or until the bacon starts to colour and release its fat. Add the garlic, shallot and mushrooms, and cook for 4 mins until the mushrooms have released their moisture. Add the pheasant and season, then deglaze the pan with the sherry or wine. Stir in the crème fraîche, take off the heat and allow to cool completely in the fridge for around 40 mins.

  2. Unroll the pastry on a lightly floured surface and spoon the cold filling in a long sausage shape along the centre of the pastry. Brush along the sides of the pastry with the egg wash and fold the pastry over the filling, as if making a sausage roll. Press to seal the bottom and sides with a fork. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Brush with the remaining egg wash and sprinkle with the nigella seeds. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins, until golden brown and nicely puffed up.

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