These pocket-sized pies are perfect for the peg, says Philippa Davis, or they make a fun addition to afternoon tea

Package up these mini pheasant and blackberry jam pies and pocket them for the peg, suggests Philippa Davis. Or they are an excellent addition to afternoon tea.

For more bite-sized game to enjoy in the field, spice up your game with our pheasant samosas. Or our pheasant, cabbage and cheese pierogi do well in a pocket for when sustenance is required.


These are perfect peg food but also seem to go down rather well at afternoon tea.

Makes 10



  • Breast and leg meat from 1 pheasant (approx 250g) blitzed fairly fine in a food processor
  • 160g plain pork sausage meat (2 sausages approx)
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp ground caraway
  • 1 dsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp sloe gin
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp double cream


  • 10 tsp blackberry jam or jelly


  • 345g plain flour
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 90ml milk
  • 100g lard
  • 1 dsp Dijon mustard


  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp milk

You will need a muffin tin

Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F/gas mark 4.

For the filling, mix everything (except the jam) together in a bowl and season well.

For the pastry, place the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix in the egg yolk.

In a pan, melt the fat in the milk and mustard, bring to a simmer, then pour onto the flour mix and bring together into a ball. Give it a quick knead then cut 10 larger circles (for the base) and 10 smaller ones (for the tops).

Press the bases into your muffin tin, half fill with the pheasant mix, make a little dip and add a spoonful of jam, then top with more meat mix.

Brush the lids, both sides, with the egg-yolk glaze mix and press onto the top.

Use a fork to press down the edge then with a knife make a small whole in the middle.

Bake for 30 minutes on the middle shelf then carefully remove from tin and bake for another 20 minutes on a flat tray.

Leave to cool completely on a rack before scoffing.