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#1 Wed 21 Nov 12 3:04pm

kirstine

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I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

So each year I have 9 people to cook Christmas dinner for.

This year, I am pregnant and decided to give myself just 5 for dinner. Normally I cook a turkey, a glazed ham and usually also a beef joint with all the usual trimmings, 2 or 3 starters and similarly 2 or 3 options for dessert. Well, as there are fewer of us and the ones left, not so fussy eaters...I have decided to do something different I was thinking Venison? (I'll still do the glazed ham) but am stuck on what cut and how to prepair it. I was thinking perhaps a stuffed rolled haunch? Any ideas?

Sorry for the essay. smile

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#2 Thu 22 Nov 12 1:36pm

kirstine

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

No-one? ah well.. hmm

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#3 Thu 22 Nov 12 1:55pm

MsPablo

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

Sorry, I haven't cooked it myself.  I had an excellent reindeer fillet (tenderloin) with blackberry sauce and have seen chefs do something similar with venison.

If you want to film yourself asking this, someone is asking for members to do this for Jamie's youtube.  I am not sure what it's about.  Have a look:
http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=78872

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#4 Thu 22 Nov 12 1:57pm

hippytea

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

All I can say is it sounds tasty, but like MsPablo I've never done it myself. I've only ever made venison stew.

Surely someone has done this and could weigh in with some knowledge?

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#5 Thu 22 Nov 12 2:18pm

kirstine

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

Thanks for the replies anyway smile I have only ever cooked venison in diced form for a stew or a pie too so am a bit at a loss, can't find many recipes for a stuffed piece either. I know fillet would be lovely or cutlets but I'd want them served pink and thats not an option as I'm pregnant.

Suppose I could just wing it but I'd like it to be special, it's going to be the main xmas "da daa" after all wink failing that change the meat to something else..?

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#6 Thu 22 Nov 12 2:26pm

MsPablo

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

You don't have to give up yet, but definitely ask your physician if wild game is safe, even cooked.  I just read about some hunter in Pennsylvania contracting rabies from a deer that he killed and ate.

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#7 Thu 22 Nov 12 2:29pm

kirstine

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

I'm in the UK, I'd be buying the Venison from a local Farm shop (in Essex actually, home of Mr Oliver himself). We don't have rabies and I know its reputable so I have no concern there smile

Thanks again.

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#8 Thu 22 Nov 12 2:32pm

MsPablo

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

Oh Good!  I would have no qualms eating it in England.

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#9 Thu 22 Nov 12 6:01pm

hippytea

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

If it was me I'd sear it and then put it in the slow cooker, but then I'd put anything in the slow cooker. I'd wash my clothes in the slow cooker if I could get away with it.

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#10 Thu 22 Nov 12 6:03pm

hippytea

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Re: I hope this is in the right place. Venison for christmas..?

But actually, a braise might not be such a stupid idea. It's usually easier than open-roasting, especially for very lean meat.

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