This year we have been very fortunate with our blackberry harvest and have picked over 10kg so far. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of our more favourite recipes that use blackberries.
This is the recipe for venison with blackberries and red cabbage. It is a very easy recipe though it does take just over an hour to prepare and cook.
1 medium chopped onion (can be red if prefer)
½ a red cabbage, chopped to same size as a blackberry. - There should be around 1.5 times the amount of red cabbage to that of onion.
1 teaspoon mixed spice
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
175g washed blackberries
1 tablespoon olive oil
300g venison either venison stakes, sausages, or burgers
4 to 6 sliced potatoes (You need enough sliced potatoes to cover the casserole dish)
2-5 teaspoons sugar – depends on how sweet your tooth is
up to 1 glass red wine
This makes a generous amount for two.
Chop and prepare all the ingredients
Fry the venison on each side in a large frying pan in the olive oil, to give it colour. Roughly two minutes per side
Take these from the pan and place in a large oven proof casserole. (This should be large enough to put the meat flat on the bottom )
Warm the oven to 180 Centigrade
Next fry/seal the onion in the frying pan for around 5 minutes
Add the red cabbage and mix well with the onion. Sprinkle the mixed spice over the mixture. Fry for a further 3-4 minutes stirring continuously so the cabbage is completely mixed with the onion.
Add the blackberries to the pan and mixture and stir round for about a further minute
Poor the mixture over the venison
Add the balsamic vinegar to the frying pan to take the oils and spices from it and then pour this and the wine into the casserole
Add sugar if required
Add up to 100ml hot stock. The liquid should be up to the top of the mixture.
Cover the whole surface with sliced potatoes
Put in the warm oven for around 45 minutes. (Time does depend a bit on size of casserole used)
The potato top should be crispy brown and the liquid will have thicken up to a lovely rich gravy.
Serve with fresh steamed vegetables and enjoy
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