This stew is absolutely divine. Venison is braised with shiitake mushrooms, onions, garlic, baby carrots, red wine, cognac, thyme and rosemary. Serve with potatoes, rice or pasta and a crusty bread roll.
This was fantastic! The only reasons I did not give it five stars were that I thought 2 cups of wine was too much and the cooking time was not sufficient. Next time I will use the slow cooker after browning the meat and sauteeing the onions, garlic and mushrooms. It also took longer than 30 minutes to fully cook the carrots, I would put them in the last 45 minutes to an hour of cooking. I will definitely make this again. We like venison and I'm always looking for different ways to make it since we have a freezer full after hunting season! This one definitely made the cut. - 26 Oct 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My husband is from Germany, so he is all about sauces. He also does not like "Wild." I made this dish, when I was lucky enough to get some venison from my step-son-in-law. My husband raved..."Now, this is a German meal!" I have made this dish with pork. I have added Chanterelles and Morels. This recipe is a keeper. The more woodsy you can make it only enhances the flavors. Ruth Ward, bless her, came up with a real winner! I make home made spaetzle with this and I cook down 3 big onions in Ganse Schmaltz. They are the garnish for the spaetzle. I also buy a jar of Lingonberry preserves to set on the plate, for a touch of sweet and sour. A really great meal! - 08 Aug 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My entire family enjoyed this! I even enjoyed putting this together after lunch, and it was ready by 6pm. I first cooked some bacon in a cast iron skillet to get some of the drippings, then later chopped up 3 slices to add to the mix. Once I browned the vension I added that to my slowcooker. Poured off the skillet before sauting the onion, mushrooms & garlic. I put the entire 16 oz. of baby carrots in the cooker while I brought the wine a cognac to a simmer. I added everyting to the slow cooker and cooked on low for 4 hours. Turned out great! I did not use the cornstarch, as we like a more broth-like stew, so we can sop it up with bread! - 10 Nov 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)