saberwolfe wrote:Well its that wonderfull time of year again where bamby has a run in with man in the forest and ends up on our plates, now that venison is again on sale legally (land rover hunters and deer falling on bullets are not needed as an excuse) does anybody have any fantastic receipes that they would like too share with us.
Well, amazingly only last night I cooked myself Jugged Venison, and it was bloody brilliant. So, the receipe is fresh in my mind;
Chop up a big spanish onion, 6 or 10 lumps of garlic - sliced, a small handful of peppercorns, a large handful of juniper berries (thanks Marion!) & a carrot, thyme, bay leaves, sage and dump it into a big non-reactive pot with 2/3 of a bottle of cheap red wine. Bring it to the boil, leaving the lid on, then let it cool, Meanwhile, dress ~1kg of venison, into 20mm cubes. Don't be afraid to leave a bit of fat on the meat, though do try strip out bone & tendon. Once the marinade is cool, add the venison, and cover with the rest of the wine. Leave it overnight.
Next day, pick out the meaty chunks at pat them dry with a tissue etc. A few chunks at a time, fry them on a shockin' hot pan, with some high temperature oil (or olive oil if you don't mind it burned into your pan) until the outside is brown (but the inside is rare). I usually season with some 'Berserker Salt' I got in Norway (wood smoked salt + Fly Agaric mushroom). Leave the cubes on a plate to the side. Set the oven to 150C, and put a covered roasting dish in to warm it up. Hopefully you didn't burn off all the deer fat from the meat at this stage...now throw in 70g of flour, and 125g of speck (smoked pancetta), and cook till the flour is golden brown, and stuck to the pancetta. Add olive oil here, if the flour soaks it all up. Strain the marinade slowly into the flour & pancetta, mixing to make sure flour doesn't turn to lumps. As it comes to the boil, throw in some cinnamon bark & cloves to taste. Put the meat into the now-hot roasting dish, cover up the meat with the marinade, stir in quartered chestnut (or cep!) mushrooms and finally sprinkle sliced parsnip, and skinned potatos into the top of the marinade. They should roast nicely. Turn the temperature of the oven up to 180C.
Leave it in the oven for about 75 minutes, and in the last 5 minutes, stir in 200g of mascarpone cheese with some black pepper to thicken it up. Om nom nom nom.