In between Christmas and New Year back in Sweden we cooked venison one night, using a recipe from a Swedish cook who also likes to go shooting so I really trust his game recipes.
The original recipe called for elk meat but it worked just as well with venison. The cut is near or around the rump; one that needs to cook slowly to become tender. So this will take a bit of time but it’s not difficult at all and definitely worth it. The tender meat and the creamy sauce (with all the jus from cooking the meat) is just amazing. Serve with Hasselback potatoes and broccoli and tarte tatin and vanilla ice cream for dessert. So yummy!
Slow cooked venison with Hasselback potatoes and cream sauce, serves 6
Translated from and adapted after Per Morberg’s recipe in the book Morberg Lagar Vilt.
1 kg venison rump (off the bone)
salt and pepper
3 tbsp tomato purée
300 ml game stock
200 ml red wine
2 bay leaves
1 sprig thyme
6 juniper berries
the jus from the meat
500 ml double cream
3 tbsp blackcurrant jelly
salt and pepper
Trim the meat and rub in plenty of seasoning. Brown the meat on all sides in a large casserole dish.
Cut the carrot and onion in large pieces. Wash the leek and cut it into large pieces as well. Add it all to the casserole dish and let it brown for a few minutes.
Add tomato purée, stock, wine and herbs. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat until simmering and let it simmer with the lid on until cooked through (until the meat is 65-70 C in the middle), approx 45-60 minutes (maybe more). Turn the meat and baste it a few times. Remove the steak from the casserole pan and cover with tin foil.
For the sauce: sieve the jus and pour it into a clean saucepan together with the cream. Bring to the boil and let it slowly thicken. Stir occasionally. Add the jelly and season to taste.
Cut the meat into thin slices across the grain of the fibres. Serve with the sauce and Hasselback potatoes.