• Recipe

    Stefan Kölsch

    Red Deer Loin Fillets with Swiss Dumplings

    Vibrant red deer loin venison made tender through cooking, in a punchy and flavourful sauce. As it reaches the perfect temperature of cooked venison you get beautifully soft meat that matches perfectly to the Swiss dumplings for a homely dinner.
    • Serves 6-8
    • Preparation time 20 mins
    • Cooking time 75 mins
  • Ingredients
    • Red Deer Loin Fillets
    • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 stalks rosemary
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 shallot (peeled and chopped)
    • 3-4 tsp dried juniper berries (crushed)
    • 200ml red grape juice
    • 50ml balsamic vinegar
    • 100ml chicken stock
    • 100ml double cream
    • 400g Brussels sprouts
    • 30g butter

    • Swiss Dumplings
    • 250g plain flour
    • 5 large eggs
    • ½ tsp salt
    • a pinch of nutmeg
    • butter (for frying)
  • Method
    1. Preheat both the oven and a baking tray to 80ºC without the fan.
    2. Pat the meat dry with kitchen paper.
    3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and sear the venison all over, together with the rosemary, for 3-4 minutes in total.
    4. Place on the preheated tray and season with salt and pepper (leave the pan to one side – do not wash).
    5. Set the meat thermometer to 60°C and insert the probe horizontally into the centre of the meat. Put in the oven until the thermometer alarm sounds (approx. 60-75 minutes).
    6. Using the same pan as before, sauté the shallots and juniper berries for 2-3 minutes, along with any remaining rosemary. Add the grape juice and balsamic vinegar. Bring to the boil and reduce by half. Sieve the mixture into a sauce pan. Add the stock and cream and reduce further until the sauce has a smooth consistency. Set aside and keep warm.
    7. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half and blanch in boiling water, with a little salt, until soft.
    8. Remove and rinse under cold water, reserving the cooking liquid.
    9. Place the Brussel sprouts into another pan with the butter and 3-4 tbsp of the reserved cooking liquid. Set aside until ready to serve.
    10. For the Swiss dumplings, mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients and then beat with a wooden spoon for 3-4 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface.
    11. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add salt. Position a flat grater (sharp side down) over the water. Divide the dough into 3-4 portions and push each portion through the holes into the boiling water.
    12. Simmer the dumplings until they rise to the surface of the water and are tender approx. 2-3 minutes).
    13. Remove with a slotted spoon and rinse under cold water.
    14. Cook the remaining portions of the dough the same way. Set aside until just before serving.
    15. To serve, reheat the sauce and the Brussels sprouts. Fry the dumplings in melted butter until golden brown and heated through. Slice the venison and arrange with the dumplings on preheated plates, and serve with the sauce and sprouts.