Roasted venison loin with braised red cabbage, sweet German potato noodles and juniper berry sauce

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Cooking Time75 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyHard

For the venison

2 tbsp sunflower oil
500g venison loin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp chopped rosemary
1 tbsp juniper berries
30g butter

For the sauce

90g chopped shallots
Sunflower oil
60ml calvados
60ml cognac
250ml venison demiglace
60ml plus 2 tbsp double cream
1 tbsp crushed juniper berries
Creme de cassis, for finishing
Banyuls vinegar, for finishing

For the braised cabbage

90g sugar
500ml red wine
190ml port wine
7 white peppercorns
3 cloves
1 bay leaf
1/2 (6cm) stick cinnamon
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Grated zest and juice from 3 oranges
1 1/2 heads of red cabbage, sliced

For the potato noodles

500g potatoes
Rock salt, for roasting
60g cornflour
1 egg yolk
Butter, for searing
Walnuts, roasted and crushed, for garnish

For the cranberries

60g fresh cranberries
2 tbsp sugar
Port wine
For the venison:
1) Preheat the oven to 140C/Gas 1. Heat the sunflower oil in a roasting tin. Season the venison with salt and pepper, and sear it until it's nicely coloured and caramelised.

2) Roast in the oven until it's medium rare; an instant read thermometer inserted into the centre should read 63C. Transfer the meat to a board and let rest so the juices can settle.

3) Spoon off the fat from the pan drippings. Add the bay leaf, rosemary, juniper berries, and butter. Return the meat to the pan and begin spooning the butter and meat juices over the meat to bring to medium.

For the sauce:
1) Cook the shallots in a small amount of oil until they're softened but haven't taken on any colour.

2) Deglaze the pan with the calvados and cognac. Add the venison demiglace and double cream and cook to reduce somewhat. Add the juniper berries.

3) Finish with cassis and vinegar to taste. Strain through a fine sieve.

For the braised cabbage:
1) In a saucepan, heat the sugar on medium heat until it caramelises.

2) Add red wine and port and stir to dissolve into the caramel. Add the peppercorns, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon, and a little salt, orange juice and zest.

3) Put the cabbage in a bowl, pour the marinade on top, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

For the potato noodles:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Put the potatoes on a bed of rock salt and roast until soft.

2) Peel the potatoes, break them open, and let the moisture steam out. Pass the potatoes through a potato ricer. Mix in the cornflour and egg yolk to make a dough.

3) Form the dough into little noodles by rolling it between the palms of your hands. Blanch the noodles in boiling salted water until done. Drain.

4) Sear the potato noodles in a hot frying pan with a little butter until they're golden brown. Sprinkle with walnuts.

For the cranberries:
1) In a large bowl, toss the cranberries with the sugar and a dash of port wine to taste.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representatio

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