Venison and mushroom pie

    1 hour 35 min

    A sweet potato mash flavoured with mustard and orange is the colourful top for this winter pie. Underneath is a hearty and rich-tasting filling of lean venison simmered in red wine with baby onions and button mushrooms. Some simple green vegetables are all that's needed to balance this delicious dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 200 g (7 oz) small button onions, peeled and left whole
    • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) boneless haunch of venison or venison shoulder, diced
    • 150 g (5½ oz) baby button mushrooms
    • 3 celery sticks, thickly sliced
    • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
    • 300 ml (10 fl oz) full-bodied red wine
    • 150 ml (5 fl oz) strong beef stock
    • 1½ tbsp cornflour
    • salt and pepper
    • Sweet potato mash
    • 1 kg (2¼ lb) sweet potatoes, cubed
    • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
    • grated zest and juice of 1 orange

    Prep:1hr15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions. Cover and cook over a low heat for 8–10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned all over.
    2. Remove the onions to a plate using a draining spoon. Add the venison to the pan and cook, uncovered, over a moderately high heat for 2–3 minutes or until the cubes are well browned.
    3. Add the onions, mushrooms, celery and thyme. Pour in the wine and stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until the venison is tender.
    4. Meanwhile, steam the sweet potatoes for 25 minutes or until tender. Alternatively, cook them in boiling water for 15 minutes, then drain.
    5. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F, gas mark 5). Tip the sweet potatoes into a bowl and mash with the mustard, orange zest and juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
    6. Blend the cornflour with 2 tbsp cold water. Stir into the venison mixture and cook, stirring, until lightly thickened. Season to taste. Spoon the filling into a 1.2 litre (2 pint) pie dish.
    7. Spread the sweet potato mash over the venison filling to cover it completely. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve the pie hot.

    Some more ideas

    The pie can be made ahead and chilled, then reheated in a preheated 190°C (375°F, gas mark 5) oven for 45 minutes or until piping hot. * Cover the venison filling with a potato and butternut mash. Steam 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) each peeled potatoes and butternut squash for 25 minutes, or cook in boiling water for about 15 minutes, until tender. Mash with 15 g (½ oz) butter and 2 tbsp snipped fresh chives. * For a rabbit pie, lightly brown 400 g (14 oz) boneless diced rabbit in 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil with 100 g (3½ oz) diced smoked bacon. Add 2 large sliced leeks, 3 sliced carrots and 2 parsnips, cut into chunks. Stir in 300 ml (10 fl oz) white wine, 150 ml (5 fl oz) chicken stock and 1 tbsp Dijon mustard. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. Cover with the sweet potato mash, or the potato and butternut mash, and bake as in the main recipe.

    Plus points

    Venison is a particularly low-fat meat, containing even less fat than chicken. It is a rich source of B vitamins and contains twice as much iron as beef. * Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene. They contain more vitamin E than any other vegetable and are a good source of vitamin C.

    Each serving provides

    A, C, E, copper, zinc * B1, iron, potassium, selenium * B2, B6, folate, niacin, calcium

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    Excellent dish only not sure what the diced sweet potato were for  -  25 Mar 2014


    I really enjoyed this particularly as we are trying to cut down on high fat red meats. It was tender and flavoursome. The only addition I made was a large spoonful of redcurrant jelly and I used a mix of old potato and sweet potato for the topping and only used the juice of half a large navel orange.  -  05 Jan 2016