Succulent braised venison

Succulent braised venison

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(132 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins


Serves 8
Venison benefits from long, slow cooking, and this Scottish dish develops a beautifully earthy sweetness - try it as an alternative to turkey, or for Hogmanay

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy


  • kcal277
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped



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  • 140g turnip or swede, roughly chopped



    Turnips are creamy-white with a lovely purple, red or greenish upper part where the taproot has…

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped



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  • 3 celery sticks, roughly chopped



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  • olive oil and butter, for frying
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  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1kg boned leg or shoulder of venison, cut into large chunks (or buy ready-cubed venison for stewing)



    The term venison was originally used to describe the meat of any furred game, but in Britain it…

  • 5 tbsp plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly (or rowan or hawthorn jelly)



    These shiny little berries grow low on bushes, hanging from the branches like rows of miniature…

  • 450ml dry red wine (Rioja is good)
  • 450ml beef stock
  • 2 thyme sprigs


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  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Fry the vegetables in a little oil and butter in a heavy-based casserole for 4-5 mins until golden. Tip in the garlic and fry for a further min, then set aside.

  2. Put the venison into a plastic bag with seasoned flour and shake to coat. Add a little more oil and butter to the pan, then fry the venison over a high heat, stirring now and then, until well browned. Don’t crowd the pan – cook in batches if necessary. Set aside with the vegetables.

  3. Add the redcurrant jelly and wine to the pan, and bring to the boil, scraping up all the bits that have stuck to the bottom. Pour in the stock, then add the thyme, bay leaf, meat and vegetables. Season if you like and bring to the boil. Cover and transfer to the oven for about 1½ hrs or until tender. Remove from the oven and check the seasoning.

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9th Dec, 2011
Fabulous, and it freezes well too. The servings quantities are about right too.
23rd Nov, 2011
Tried to use the "Print this recipe" feature and is was not activated. If I print from my own printer it does not include the ingredients/quantities
20th Nov, 2011
Fantastic, stunning, superb, were just some of the comments my guests gave this dish. It is sublimely easy to make and even more sublime to eat. I used haunch of venison and I added mushrooms and whole cooked chestnuts which worked a treat. The meat was so tender and the flavour of the sauce was incredible. I would say, however, that it only comfortably fed 5 adults (but we do have healthy appetites). I served it with the Swede and Parsnip Bake which was delicious and complemented the venison beautifully. A real winner, will be making this again for sure.
17th Nov, 2011
My husband was not keen when I suggested it - then complained there wasn't enough! Very tender will make again.
28th Oct, 2011
Lovely! cooked in the slow cooker all day transfered to the oven for the last 20 mins and added some herby dumplings. Made for a dinner party and received rave reviews. Will definately make again.
26th Oct, 2011
I left out the swede and threw in an extra carrot. This was lovely, far tastier than I was expecting. I used my slow cooker so reduced the stock and wine by half.
25th Oct, 2011
Fantastic recipe. One of the best stews i have ever tasted. Did not change a thing, other than adding some pearl barley and field mushrooms, and it turned out just brilliantly. The gravy was thick, dark and thoroughly tasty. I will be making this on a regular basis.
16th Oct, 2011
Absolutely mouthwatering. Especially when you come in from the pub. I served it with polenta and red chard - a perfect autumn meal.
9th Oct, 2011
This was so easy to make and was absolutely delicious. I cooked it in my slow cooker for 5 hours and the meat just melted.
4th Oct, 2011
Cooked this for dinner tonight without any deviation from the recipe, tasted fantastic will definitely cook this again, maybe for a dinner party.


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