Roast Venison with Dried-Cranberry Gravy

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Roast Venison with Dried-Cranberry Gravy

Roast Venison with Dried-Cranberry Gravy

A tart cranberry gravy provides the perfect counterpoint to earthy roast venison. Make it a meal: Serve over Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Serves 10

Prep Time 45 min

Total Time 240 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 10 juniper berries, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 3-pound boneless leg of venison, trimmed and tied into a roast
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of sugar, or to taste

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, juniper berries, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer until reduced by half, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

Place venison in a shallow nonreactive dish just large enough to hold the roast. Pour cooled marinade over venison and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 2 to 4 hours or overnight.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Step 4

Remove the venison from marinade and pat dry, reserving marinade. Rub venison with remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sear the venison, turning with tongs, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes.

Step 5

Transfer venison to a small metal roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 125°F for medium-rare, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Meanwhile, strain the reserved marinade into a medium saucepan. Add stock (or broth), cranberry juice, dried cranberries and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until gravy is reduced by half, 15 to 20 minutes. Combine cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl; slowly whisk into the simmering gravy until slightly thickened. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Keep warm.

Step 7

Remove strings from venison and carve into thin slices. Serve with the gravy.


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