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Venison Sausages Braised in Red Wine

Bangers are bangers, but there are some bangers that are extremely special – and venison sausages are positively five-star, especially when you serve them braised slowly with herbs, shallots, mushrooms and red wine. Then all you need is a dreamy pile of light, creamy mashed potato to go with them.


Serves 2-3

This recipe is taken from Delia Smith’s Winter Collection.

Venison Sausages Braised in Red Wine
Ingredients
 1 lb (450 g) venison sausages
 10 fl oz (275 ml) red wine
 1 dessertspoon olive oil
 8 oz (225 g) diced bacon or pancetta
 1 large clove garlic, peeled
 8 oz (225g) shallots, peeled
 1 level dessertspoon juniper berries
 1 level teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
 2 bay leaves
 6 oz (175 g) medium-sized, open-cap mushrooms
 1 heaped teaspoon plain flour
 1 rounded teaspoon mustard powder
 1 oz (25 g) butter, softened
 1 rounded tablespoon redcurrant jelly
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
Equipment
You will also need a large flameproof casserole.

Method

Heat the oil in the casserole then, with the heat at medium, brown the sausages evenly all over, taking care not to split the skins by turning them over too soon. Next, using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a plate while you brown the diced bacon along with the garlic and shallots.

Now crush the juniper berries very slightly without breaking them – just enough to release their flavour.

Return the sausages to the casserole, pour in the wine and add the berries, then thyme and bay leaves. Now season lightly, bring it all up to a gentle simmer, put a lid on the casserole, turn the heat as low as possible and let it all simmer gently for 30 minutes.

After that, add the mushrooms, stirring them in well, then leave everything to cook gently for a further 20 minutes – this time without the lid so the liquid reduces slightly.

To finish off, remove the sausages and vegetables to a warm serving dish, mix the flour and the mustard powder with the softened butter until you have a smooth paste and whisk this, a little at a time, into the casserole.

Let everything bubble for a few more minutes, then take the casserole off the heat, return the sausages to the casserole, whisk in the redcurrant jelly – and it's ready to serve.

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