The people at jam makers, Bonne Maman, sent me this delicious slow-cooked venison ragout recipe. It has a special secret ingredient – blackcurrant conserve. It looks delicious and, as temperatures dip, is the perfect cold-weather food…
Slow-cooked venison ragout - yum!
3 tbsp olive oil
750g (1½lbs) shoulder venison, cut into larger than bite-size pieces
225g (8oz) shallots, peeled
2 garlic cloves, crushed
160g pack cubed pancetta or chopped streaky bacon
125g (4oz) small shitake mushrooms
2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tbsp plain flour
4 tbsp Bonne Maman Blackcurrant Conserve
300ml (½pint) ale
400g can chopped tomatoes
300ml (½pint) stock
2 tbsp Soya sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 170C (gas mark 3). Heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof casserole and brown the venison, a few pieces at a time. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Put the shallots, garlic, pancetta and mushrooms in the pan and fry, stirring, until golden brown. Stir in the thyme and flour.
3. Return the venison with all the remaining ingredients and bring slowly to the boil. Cover and simmer very gently for 2½ -3hrs or until meltingly tender.
4. Serve with creamy mash, braised carrots and some steamed tender-stem broccoli.
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