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    Fillet of Venison with Apricot and Honey Stuffing.

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    Fillet of Venison with Apricot and Honey Stuffing.

    Post  Admin on Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:13 am

    Prep time is approx 40 minutes.
    24 hours soak time.
    Cooking time is 1 hour.



    Ingredients
    500g venison fillets
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 pinch black pepper

    For the apricot stuffing

    250g dried apricots
    2 tbsp honey
    200ml white wine, sweet
    100g pistachio nuts, ground
    1 lemons, juice and zest
    1 handful breadcrumbs

    For the polenta

    400 ml water
    200 g quick-cook polenta
    100g parmesan, grated
    200g butter
    1 pinch black pepper

    For the red cabbage

    0.5 red cabbage, finely shredded
    100g raisins
    200ml oranges, juice, freshly squeezed
    100g sugar

    Method
    1. First prepare the apricot stuffing. Soak the dried apricots in the honey and sweet white wine for 24 hours.

    2. To cook the red cabbage, place the red cabbage, raisins, orange juice and zest and sugar in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and summer gently for 1 hour, stirring now and then.
    3. Meanwhile, strain the soaked apricots and finely chop them. Mix together the chopped apricots, ground pistachios, lemon juice and zest and breadcrumbs.

    4. Using a long, sharp knife cut a cavity in the venison fillet. Place the apricot mixture in a piping bag with a large nozzle and pipe the filling into the cavity.

    5. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.

    6. Heat a heavy roasting pan on the hob until hot. Add in the olive oil, heat through, then add in the stuffed venison fillet. Sear the venison on all sides. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

    7. Transfer the venison in the pan to the oven and roast it for 10 minutes.

    8. Remove the venison and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

    9. While the venison is roasting, cook the polenta. Bring the water to the boil in a large saucepan. Add in the instant polenta in a steady stream, stirring as you do so. Cook, stirring constantly, until the polenta thickens, then simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. Mix in the Parmesan and butter and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.

    10. To serve, slice the venison fillet and serve it with the polenta and red cabbage.


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