Venison, wild mushroom and port casserole

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2½ hours
  • Total time: 2¾ hours

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 600g/1¼ lb venison, diced
  • 250ml/8½ red wine
  • 250ml/8½ water
  • 200g/7 oz onion, chopped
  • 200g/7 oz wild mushrooms (oyster, chanterelle, ceps, etc.), sliced
  • 100g/3½ oz carrot, diced
  • 100g/3½ oz celery, diced
  • 100g/3½ oz basil leaves
  • 100ml/3½ oz port
  • 8 Juniper berries, crushed
  • 4 smoked bacon rashers, cut into strips (lardons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 30g/1oz plain flour
  • 10g/⅓ oz unsalted butter
  • 10g/⅓ oz beef stock mix
  • 10g/⅓ oz tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp. redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tbsp. flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp. thyme, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
Venison, wild mushroom and port casserole

This recipe for a delicious Venison, wild mushroom and port casserole was submitted to Kitchen Geekery by Essential Cuisine, makers of some highly recommended cooking stocks.

Venison has a similar taste to beef, but is richer and has a gamey taste to it. Venison tends to have a finer texture and is leaner than comparable cuts of beef,but for this recipe you can use the cheaper, fattier cuts - as they will make for a richer casserole.

Venison suits strong fruity flavours, and is a perfect partner for the juniper and redcurrant jelly used in this dish.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2. Heat the olive oil in a suitably sized pan.
  2. Toss the diced venison in the flour until coated evenly, carefully add to the hot oil and colour on all sides. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and place into a casserole dish with a lid.
  3. In the same pan, gently fry the onion and garlic until soft but with not too much colour, add the bacon and crushed juniper.
  4. Add the mushrooms, carrot and celery, continue cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato puree and redcurrant jelly, deglaze the pan with the red wine and port.
  6. Add the beef stock mix and water.
  7. Add the bay leaf, parsley, basil, and thyme, bring to a rolling boil and pour over the browned venison.
  8. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven for 2 hours — or until the venison is tender.
  9. Once cooked remove from the oven and pick out the bay leaf and season to taste.
  10. The venison casserole is now ready to be served.
The term 'venison' originally referred to the edible flesh of any wild animal. During the Middle Ages in England, it referred to the flesh of any animal killed in the hunt. Wild boars, rabbits, hares, bears, etc were all referred to as venison.

Some other recipes you might like…

Jon Smith - Dec 16, 2015, 13:20

#1

How many people does this recipe serve ? and theres no mention of the basil and parsley ??

7 + 4 =