Venison Pie Ingredients
- 250g Venison haunch or ready-diced venison
- 2 tbsp. Flour (use rice flour if following a gluten-free diet)
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 Large leek, sliced
- 3-4 Shallots, peeled and halved if large
- 100g Baby or ‘Chantenay’ carrots
- 100g Button mushrooms
- 100ml Good quality red wine
- 1 tbps. Rosemary and/or thyme leaves
- 400ml Chicken stock, homemade, or low sodium
- 400g Sweet potatoes
- 200g Floury white potatoes
- 1 tbsp. Butter
- 1 Egg yolk
- Cheese of your choice, optional
Venison Pie Method
1. Dice the venison if not already done, into bite-sized chunks. Coat with the flour and a little salt (optional) and pepper.
2. Heat the olive oil in a flameproof casserole dish or large saucepan until very hot. Sear the meat until evenly browned – when you first tip in the venison, leave it for two minutes before stirring so that the meat has a chance to caramelise.
3. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and add the leeks, shallots and carrots to the pan. Turn the heat to medium and stir for about 4 minutes before adding the mushrooms. Cook for a minute more then add the rosemary/thyme.
4. Pour in the red wine and return the venison with any juices from the plate or bowl. Lower the heat until you have a gentle simmer and cook the casserole for 45 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the topping by peeling the white and sweet potatoes and bringing a pan of water to the boil. Cut the potatoes into chunks and boil until tender (15-20 minutes). Now preheat your oven to 220°C/ Gas mark 7.
6. Drain the potatoes and mash well, adding in the butter and cheese (if using). Leave to rest for 5-10 minutes, then beat in the egg yolk.
7. Pour the casserole into a suitable dish and top with the potato mixture. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve on its own or with seasonal green vegetables.
Venison Pie For Vitamins A, B, C, Iron & Protein
This fabulous pie is perfect for a cold day. Although it takes a while to prepare, it can be made ahead and also freezes well. Sweet potatoes contain more vitamin C and much more vitamin A than their white counterpart, and are a good choice for those in training. Venison provides good amounts of protein, iron and B vitamins.¨