Roasted Rack of Venison

Millbank Venison Recipes

roasted rack of venison

How the recipe was developed:

Roasted rack of venison for a special meal on any occasion feast on this venison dinner with red currant and cranberry sauce any time of year.

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Type of dish:



4 cups veal or beef stock, preferably homemade
2 dried bay leaves
1 bunch fresh thyme
3/4 cup ruby port wine
1 one-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup red-currant jam
4 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
4 tablespoons whole juniper berries
4 tablespoons dried rosemary
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons butter
2 (750g each) rack of venison, well trimmed
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Preparation Method:

Step 1 Combine stock, bay leaves, thyme, port, ginger, and jam in a large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until stock has reduced to 1 cup, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, strain, and transfer to a clean small saucepan. Set aside.
Step 2 Combine peppercorns, juniper berries, and rosemary in a spice grinder. Grind, allowing some texture to remain.
Step 3 Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a large roasting pan in the oven. Salt both sides of each rack well, and rub the ground spice mixture into the meat.
Step 4 Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Place both racks in skillet, and brown each side, about 2 minutes per side, using tongs to maneuver racks in skillet. Transfer racks to the preheated roasting pan.
Step 5 Roast venison 30 to 35 minutes for medium rare. Remove roasting pan from oven, and transfer meat to a cutting board to rest 15 minutes.
Step 6 Return sauce to a boil. In a small bowl, combine remaining 2 teaspoons butter with flour; mix until a paste forms. Reduce heat, stir in cranberries; let simmer until berries are soft and sauce is glossy. Whisk in the butter mixture. Serve the red-currant-and-cranberry sauce with the venison.

Hints and Tips:

We are coming to the end of our fallow venison season. We may not be able to for fill online orders for a couple of weeks after you have placed an order. Please phone or e-mail before ordering to check availability.
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