Perfect match: pot-roasted venison with cab sav

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Rind of ½ orange, removed with a peeler
  • 2 tsp juniper berries, crushed
  • 500 ml cabernet sauvignon
  • 8 (3.5cm-thick) pieces of venison osso buco
  • 250 gm (1¼ cups) small green lentils
  • 500 ml (2 cups) veal stock
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  • Roast beetroot and shallots
  • 1 bunch each of baby red beetroot and baby golden beetroot, trimmed, scrubbed and halved
  • 12 golden shallots
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
01   Heat half the oil in a saucepan, add onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft (7-10 minutes). Add orange rind and juniper berries and cook until fragrant (2-3 minutes). Add wine, bring to the boil (3-5 minutes), reduce heat to low and simmer to infuse (5 minutes), then cool. Place venison in a non-reactive dish (see note), pour over cooled wine mixture, turn to coat, cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
02   Preheat oven to 150C. Remove venison from marinade and pat dry with absorbent paper. Strain marinade, reserving solids and liquid separately. Heat remaining olive oil in a casserole over medium-high heat, seal venison, turning occasionally until brown (3-5 minutes), transfer to a plate and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add reserved vegetables to casserole and cook until heated through (2-3 minutes). Add lentils, stirring to combine. Place venison on top, pour over veal stock and reserved marinade, bring to the simmer (3-5 minutes). Cover, place in oven and cook, turning meat halfway through cooking, until meat is tender and just falling off the bone (2-2½ hours).
03   Meanwhile, for roast beetroot and shallots, combine beetroot, shallots and olive oil in a roasting pan and season to taste. Roast until tender (1-1½ hours). Remove from oven, add remaining ingredients, toss to combine and keep warm. Serve venison with lentils and sauce spooned over, and roast beetroot and shallots to the side.

Note You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead. For non-reactive dishes, use glass, ceramic or plastic when marinating to prevent the acidic nature of marinades reacting with metal dishes and imparting a metallic taste.

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