Venison and Ale Cobbler

Millbank Venison Recipes

venison and ale cobbler

How the recipe was developed:

Venison and ale cobbler was developed and given to me by a regular customers at Dumfries Farmers Market, Lindsay Roberts.

Difficulty Level:


Type of dish:

main course


For The Filling
4tbsp Olive Oil
2 Onions. finely chopped
1 Celery Stick, finely diced
1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced
150g button mushrooms, wiped halved and quatered, if needed
600 g vDiced venison
2tbsp plain flour
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
500ml dark ale
1 beef stock cube
1 bouquet garni
1tbsp sugar
2 large carrots, in 2cm chunks

For the Cobbler
300 g Self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
125g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1tsp finely chopped parsley
3tbsp horseraddish sauce or horse raddish cream
2-4 tbsp milk
1 egg, beaten for glazing

Preparation Method:

1. In large ovenproof casserole, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the onion, celery and leek for about 5 mins, until soft but not brown. Add the mushrooms and fry for 2-3 mins until they begin to colour in places. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.

2. Toss the venison in 2 table spoons seasoned flour. Heat the remaining oil in the casserole and fry the meat, a few pieces at a time, until well browned on all sides. Take care not to overcrowd the pan, or the meat will begin to steam rather than brown. Remove the meat as it cooks and add it ti the vegetables.

3. Return the meat to the casserole with the vegetables, and cover with the ale. Crumble over the stock cube, 300 ml boiling water, bouquet garni, sugar and carrots. Check for seasoning, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting, cover, and cook for 1 – 1 ½ hours until the meat is tender. Check it from time to time and add a little water if drying out.

4. Preheat the oven to 200⁰C. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using your finger tips rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the parsley. Wisk the horseradish sauce and milk, and use the liquid to bind the dry ingredients to form a soft dough.

5.On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 2 cm. Using a pastry cutter cut out circles. When the stew is cooked remove the Bouquet Garni and top it with the disks if the cobbler dough. Overlap them slightly so that there are very few gaps where the filling can be seen.

6. Brush the tops with the beaten egg, and bake the cobbler for 30-40 mins until it is puffed up and golden brown. Remove it from the oven and let rest for 5 mins before serving.

Hints and Tips:

Replace the horseraddish with mustard, herbs and or spices
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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