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.
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This recipe is taken from Delia Smith’s Winter Collection.
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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No lumps or watery potato here: with Delia's help you will make perfect mash every time as long as you follow a few simple rules. Once you've mastered it, what could be better with your suppertime sausages?
This is just about the easiest terrine in the world to make because you can buy the venison and the pork ready minced. The result is a lovely, rough country pâté and the sharpness of the cranberries is the perfect accompaniment.
Venison is a lovely meat and, because it's low in fat, it's ideal for those on a diet. The red onion and grape confit is a superb accompaniment and would also work well with pork, gammon or sausages.
Venison, porter, port and pickled walnuts...there's something decidedly Dickensian-sounding about the main ingredients in this luscious stew. Marinating the meat the night before, then slow braising maximises flavour.
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.
This has a real special occasion feel to it, which is why it would be ideal for Valentine's Day: the sauce is made with cranberries instead of the more usual redcurrants, which gives an appealing texture and tartness.
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