Medallions of Venison with Bramble Jelly or Blackberries

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Try to get some well-hung venison if you like the gamey taste.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 medallions of venison per person
  • unsmoked streaky bacon, cut into strips
  • seasoned flour
  • the best bramble jelly you canfind or blackberries, red wine and sugar
  • really good meat stock
  • sour cream or créme frîche
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper

Method

Fry enough bacon very gently to extract enough fat to fry the medallions. Remove the bacon pieces (you can sprinkle them on a salad). Put enough well-seasoned flour into a plastic bag and toss the pieces of venison in it; remove and lay on some greaseproof paper. Heat the bacon fat and fry the meat on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes, turning frequently. Put them in a warmed dish with a teaspoon of bramble jelly on each medallion and keep warm while you make the sauce.

If you are using blackberries instead of jelly, cook them lightly in a little red wine with sugar to taste. Spoon over the medallions as for the jelly.

Depending on how much you are cooking, add enough of the meat stock to the pan you fried the meat in. Boil briskly, stirring all the juices together. When it starts to look syrupy, mix in enough sour cream or crème fraîche to make a rich sauce. Adjust the seasoning. Pour over the venison.

Serve with tiny Brussels sprouts and egg noodles with chestnuts if you have some handy. Apple sauce can also be added as a side dish.

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