Venison Braised in Guinness and Port with Pickled Walnuts
This is dark, rich and luscious and needs lots of fluffy mashed potato to absorb all the exquisite sauce. It's perfect, too, for entertaining as it braises slowly in the oven so you can forget all about it until your guests arrive. All you need to do is remember to start the marinade the night before.
|4 venison steaks, each weighing about 6-7 oz (175-200 g)|
|10 fl oz (275 ml) Guinness (or other stout)|
|2½ fl oz (65 ml) ruby port|
|9 oz (250 g) pickled walnuts, drained and halved|
|1 bay leaf|
|2 sprigs fresh thyme|
|½ oz (10 g) butter|
|1 tablespoon olive oil|
|1 large onion, sliced|
|1 clove garlic, crushed|
|1 level dessertspoon plain flour|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
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You will also need a wide flameproof casserole that will take the venison in one layer.
This recipe is taken from Delia Smith’s Christmas.
The night before, you need to place the meat in a large bowl along with the bay leaf and thyme, then pour the porter and port all over it. Put a plate on top to keep the meat pushed down and leave in a cool place overnight.
Next day, when you are ready to cook the meat, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 1, 275°F (140°C). Then melt half the butter and oil in the casserole and heat gently. Drain the meat (reserving the liquid and herbs) and pat the steaks dry with kitchen paper. Now turn the heat to high and brown the steaks (in two batches) to a rich brown on both sides. Now add the rest of the butter and oil to the casserole. As soon as it begins to foam, add the onion and brown this for about 8 minutes before adding the garlic and frying for another 2 minutes.
Now return all the meat into the casserole to join the onions. Stir in the flour to soak up the juices, then pour in the marinade (including the bay leaf and thyme), add the walnuts and season well. As soon as it reaches a gentle simmer, put a lid on, then transfer the casserole to the middle shelf of the oven and forget all about it for 3 hours, by which time the meat will be tender and the sauce marvellously dark and rich.
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