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Parson's Venison

This recipe for Parson's Venison comes from The Geat British Kitchen web site and has been reproduced with the permission of The British Food Trust which runs the site.

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Not venison at all but a leg of lamb, given a richer, fuller flavour reminiscent of game. The boned joint is stuffed with a savoury mushroom mixture, then marinated and cooked in a concoction of wine and port, seasoned with spices.

Ingredients for Parson's Venison

25g (1 oz) Butter
1 Small Onion, finely chopped
100g (4 oz) Mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp Fresh chives, snipped
1.8 - 2k (4 - 4 1/2 lb) Leg of lamb, skinned and boned
210 ml (7 fl oz) Dry red wine
90 ml (3 fl oz) Port
6 Juniper berries, crushed
1/4 tsp Ground allspice
45 ml (3 tbsp) Red wine vinegar
1 Bay leaf
1/4 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
100g (4 oz) Cooked ham, chopped

How to make Parson's Venison

  • Melt half the butter in a saucepan, add the onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft.
  • Stir in the ham and chives. Leave to cool.
  • Spread the onion mixture over the inside of the lamb. Roll up tightly and tie securely. Place in a large dish.
  • To make the marinade, mix the remaining ingredients except the remaining butter, pour over the lamb, cover and leave in a cool place for 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Remove the meat from the marinade, drain and dry, reserving the marinade.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 4.
  • Melt the butter in a flameproof casserole. Add the meat and brown on all sides over a medium to high heat.
  • Pour in the marinade, bring almost to the boil, cover and roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the meat is tender, basting occasionally with marinade.
  • Transfer the meat to a warmed plate.
  • Skim fat from the surface of the liquid, then boil rapidly until reduced. Remove the bay leaf and serve with the meat.

Serves 4