Venison Stew with Fruit

venison stew with fruit

Venison Stew with Fruit

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The fruit sauce and scented spices in this recipe complement the sweet, succulent gamey flavor of the venison beautifully, while the beer adds to its richness. Venison is best bought in the autumn or winter, when the meat is likely to be young and fresh. Ask the butcher to bone the meat if it has not already been done. Serve with rice or potatoes.
Servings: 6
Calories: 569
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours


  • 3 lb shoulder or leg of venison boned
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small green chilli pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 14 oz tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 pints beef stock
  • 1 pint dark beer
  • 2 Granny Smith or other dessert apples
  • 6 oz pineapple preferably fresh
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chilli powder or cayenne
  • 1/3 pint water
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or groundnut oil or any vegetable oil


  • Chop the onions coarsely, crush the garlic and chop the chilli pepper very finely.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large casserole over medium heat and saute the onion, garlic and chilli for 10 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Drain, remove and set aside. Put the cumin and oregano into a small pan and heat gently until they release their scent. Put aside.
  • Cut the venison into 1 in (25 mm) cubes and brown them in the remaining oil. Add the onion mixture and spices. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock and dark beer to the meat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until it is tender.
  • While the meat is cooking, peel the apples and pineapple (if using fresh). Dice coarsely and puree in a blender with the cinnamon, vinegar, allspice, salt, sugar and chilli powder with 1/3 pint (190 ml) water. Heat peanut or other oil and saute the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes until most of the liquid evaporates.
  • When the meat is cooked, take it out of the liquid and lay it on a warm dish. Add the fruit mixture to the casserole, mix with the liquid. If a thicker sauce is preferred, mix 1 teaspoon of cornflour with a little water and stir it into the cooking liquid.
  • Simmer the sauce gently for 5 minutes, stirring it continuously. Pour the sauce over the meat, and serve.
Calories: 569 kcal
Carbohydrates: 29 g
Protein: 58 g
Fat: 23g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 193 mg
Sodium: 1272 mg
Potassium: 1427 mg
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 16 g
Vitamin A: 489 IU
Vitamin C: 42 mg
Calcium: 97 mg
Iron: 10 mg
Dishes Stews
Ingredients Game, Venison
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