How to make James Martin's Venison Wellington

Serve up a game version of the dinner party classic by following this step-by-step masterclass from BBC chef James Martin

Venison wellington

‘A well-made beef Wellington is one of my all-time favourite dishes, but for something extra-special, I like to swap the beef for the rich, gamey flavour of venison. Served with mashed roots and gravy, it turns a dinner party into a memorable occasion.’ James Martin

Buying your venison: 

You will need loin of venison for this recipe, a cut also known as the loin fillet. Ask your butcher for a whole piece of loin or loin fillet, off the bone, well-trimmed and cut from the centre of the loin so that it’s the same size at either end.

Step-by-step guide to making venison Wellington

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Step 1:

Cooking venison in pan
Dry the venison with kitchen paper, then season well. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear the meat all over for about 8 mins. Brush with mustard, leave to cool, then chill for 20 mins. Reserve any juices for the gravy.

Step 2:

Wellington filling
Melt the butter and soften the shallot and garlic. Add the mushrooms, herbs and seasoning, and cook for 10 mins until you have a paste-like mixture. Add the brandy and cook until it’s evaporated. Leave to cool. 

Step 3: 

Filling wellington
Overlap 2-3 sheets of cling film on a clean surface and lay the prosciutto in 2 rows, slightly overlapping each slice. Spread the cooled mushroom paste all over the prosciutto, creating a thin, even layer.

Step 4: 

Rolling wellington
Place the fillet in the centre of the mushroom mixture. Using the edge of the cling film, carefully draw the layer of prosciutto and mushroom around the meat.

Step 5: 

Wrapping wellington
Roll into a sausage shape, twisting the ends of the cling film as you do, to form a tight log. Chill for 30 mins to firm up.

Step 6: 

Cutting pastry on table
On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry to a rectangle a little larger than this magazine, and trim the edges to neaten.

Step 7:

Venison on pastry
Carefully unwrap the prosciutto parcel and lay in the middle of the pastry.

Step 8: 

Brushing pastry with egg
Fold over the bottom half of the pastry. Lightly brush the rest of the sheet with beaten egg.


Step 9:

Rolling wellington in pastry
Roll the whole thing around the meat to encase. Neatly fold under the shorter edges to create a parcel.


Step 10: 

Brushing wellington with egg yolk
Transfer to a baking sheet and, using your hands, smooth the pastry around the meat, pressing it firmly to avoid any air being trapped. Brush the pastry all over with beaten egg yolk.

Step 11: 

Cutting wellington with knife
Chill for at least 30 mins or up to 24 hrs. Then, using the back of a knife, mark the pastry, being careful not to cut all the way through. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

Step 12:

Baked wellington
Lightly oil a non-stick baking tray and heat until hot. Put the Wellington on the tray and bake for 30 mins (35 mins for well done). Remove from oven, brush with extra egg and rest for 20 mins.

Making gravy

Melt a large knob of butter in a medium pan, add 1 finely chopped shallot, 1 crushed garlic clove and 1 thyme sprig, and cook until soft. Add 1 tbsp flour, brown for about 1 min, then pour in 250ml Port and reduce by two-thirds. Add 400ml beef stock and any reserved juices from the venison (see step 1), then reduce again by two-thirds until syrupy. Season, add 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly, if you like, and strain before serving.


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Mac N Babs Webb
3rd Dec, 2017
Can I print recipe
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8th Dec, 2017
Yes, you can find the recipe to print here:
mogrant's picture
8th Feb, 2014
Can I freeze venison Wellington before oven stage?
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