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Roasted Nicola Valley Venison Loin

We are fortunate to have great fallow deer from the Nicola Valley readily available. It is tender and sweet, and a great winter meal with gnocchi and roasted vegetables


1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp juniper berries
1/2 tsp coriander seed
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig thyme
1 clove garlic, sliced

Combine all ingredients and set asideWatch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

2 lb venison loin, boneless
Coarse sea salt

Trim venison loin of all silverskin and sinew and place in a container (a large freezer bag works well). Cover with the marinade and refrigerate for at least 2 days

Remove venison from marinade and allow to come up to room temperature

Season well and sear on all sides in a sauté pan over high heat
Transfer to a wire rack and roast in a hot oven 450 F until medium rare (registers 125 F on a meat thermometer)
Remove from oven an rest for at least 10 minutes before serving
Slice into thin slices across the grain and serve with gnocchi and rosemary sherry reduction

Rosemary sherry reduction

All great dishes include some form of a great sauce, and here is a basic recipe for a nice demi-glace based reduction. I usually make demi glace in a largish batch and then freeze it in 1/2 liter (2 cup) bags for future use.

2 shallots, sliced
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp cup butter
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sherry
1 branch rosemary
2 branches thyme
2 cups demi glace, (beef or veal)

Sauté shallots and garlic in butter until tender
Add red wine vinegar and reduce until syrupy (au sec)
Add sherry and herbs and reduce by half
Add demi glace and simmer for 1 hour, strain, and adjust seasoning