Advent and Venison

Very venison

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My first recipe to share with you with 23 days to go before the big day, is a lovely venison recipe that makes for a perfect festive midweek supper or an alternative to turkey, which may suit smaller families, or those who’d like to try something different, or simply spend less time in the kitchen. The accompanying pink peppercorn sauce is deeply delicious, the berries are bursting with blissful benefits, which include boosting digestion and being anti-bacterial, therefore a great addition to festive feasts.

Venison is rich and full of flavour, a welcome alternative to beef; it is lean, juicy and packed with energizing B vitamins. I like to serve this alongside some buttery mash and red cabbage, both simple to prepare ahead.

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Wishing you all a peaceful evening with plenty of festive warmth and cheer,

Lots of love,

FFX

Venison Steak with Pink Peppercorn Sauce

Pretty Sauce

SERVES 4

Venison steaks, 4

Cracked black pepper, 1 tbsp

Olive oil, 1 tbsp

FOR THE SAUCE

Pink peppercorns, 3 tsp

Butter, 50g

Shallots, 2 finely chopped

French brandy, 100ml

Beef stock, 200ml

Double cream, 70 ml

Seasoning

Red currants, a small handful

MELT butter in a small pan, over a high heat.

FRY the shallots for a couple of minutes.

ADD crushed peppercorns

POUR in brandy and boil rapidly until reduced by half.

POUR in stock and cream, continue to simmer until it reaches desired thickness.

LAY venison on a large plate.

SPRINKLE with black pepper and salt, press into the steaks.

HEAT a griddle pan over a medium to high heat.

BRUSH with oil.

ADD steaks and cook for two minutes on each side for rear, and three for medium, four for well done.

REST meat in a warm place for a few minutes.

SERVE with sauce, red currants and other festive accompaniments.

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