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Named after one of our regular customers, Venison Stefano is a twist on the Greek dish of stiffado.  We buy our venison from a local gamedealer; gamedealers can be found at farmer’s markets in most towns nowadays, but failing that some of the supermarkets also stock it.  It’s a great warming dish for those chilly winter evenings.

We cook it when we’re in the woods in a dutch oven, but it will work just as well in a slow cooker at home.

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  • 2 kg of diced venison
  • 2 onions, chopped,
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1kg shallots
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 lire of vegetable stock
  • 2 glasses of red wine
  • 4 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 cinamon stick
  • 6 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 6 bay leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Venison Stefano

  • Sear the venison in a lightly oiled frying pan
  • Add the onions and garlic and gently stir until the onions soften
  • Add the red wine and red wine vinegar, cover and leave for 5 minutes
  • Add the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, rosemary, tomato puree and salt and pepper to taste
  • Keep stirring to let all your ingredients mix together
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and continue stirring for 5 minutes
  • Place the shallots into hot water to soften the skin and peel, then fry these in a little olive oil
  • Transfer all the ingredients to a dutch oven and add about 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Place the dutch oven in a well heated pit oven and cover
  • Leave for about 1 ½ to 2 hours

venison stefano
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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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