Mr L and I decided to stay put for Valentines evening (partly because the rugby was on - clearly a woman was not involved in the decision behind having the 6 nations rugby on Valentines day). We decided to cook for each other - I made a venison pie with sauteed potatoes on the side, and Mr L made us some chocolate souffles for desert, it was his first desert ever! Unfortunately it was so good that we ate it before I managed to take a photo. But the Venison pie was also a treat - warm and comforting the way only a pie can be. So here is the recipe for you to try too.
I didn't have enough meat for the original recipe, so I had to improvise with some veg, and actually it turned out wonderful!
Serves 3 - 4 people
300- 500g Venison cut into 1 inch cubes
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of All spice
Salt and Pepper
80 ml red wine
40 ml red wine vinegar
150ml venison or beef stock (or more depending if it is enough to cover all the meat and veg)
1 onion peeled
2 medium carrots roughly chopped
1 leek sliced
Half a teaspoon chopped Parsley
1 tablespoon redcurrant jelly
Puff pastry - enough to cover your pie dish & decorate
1 egg beaten for brushing the pastry top.
- Wash and clean the meat, remove any fat and gristle, and tenderise with a mallet or rolling pin
- Mix the flour with the nutmeg, salt & pepper. Pat the meat in the flour until all pieces are covered.
- Pour the wine, vinegar and enough stock to cover the meat into a pan. Add the meat, bring to the boil and simmer gently for one hour.
- Remove from the heat, add the onion, carrots, leek and parsley (and extra stock if needed) to the broth and return to the heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Remove from the heat again, and allow to cool. Skim off any excess fat and scoop the broth into the pie dish. Add the redcurrant jelly on top, or mix it in.
- Roll out the pastry so that it will be big enough cover the pie dish, as well as have extra sides to make decorations with. Don't forget to put your pie bird in now if you have one.
- Brush a bit of water on the rim of the pie dish, then cover the dish with the pastry, pinching the sides and trimming the excess.
- Make a whole in the centre allowing for steam to escape, and decorate your pie, finishing it by brushing the top with beaten egg.
- Place in the oven and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
These are easier to make than deep fried chips, a tad oily, but just lovely!
100g-150g waxy potatoes per person
1 tablespoon of olive oil
15g unsalted butter
Chopped or dried Rosemary
- Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes. Place in slightly salted water and bring to the boil.
- Simmer for 3 - 4 minutes.
- Drain the water away in a colander, then heat up the oil in a non-stick frying pan.
- Next is to fry the potatoes in batches. Place some of the potatoes (they should all be touching the surface of the pan) and some rosemary into the pan, only turning them once they are brown underneath until they are all golden and browned on all sides.
- Turn the done potatoes onto a cloth or some kitchen paper to absorb some of the oil, and keep them warm in a low oven. Continue frying the rest of the potatoes as before.
And there you have it - a lovely wintry meal! Enjoy.