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Roasted Venison with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"There's so much more to venison than tenderloins or burger. Many people don't realize that venison can be roasted successfully without making it tough or leathery; the key is to provide some of the fat that this extra-lean meat doesn't usually contain, and to sear the meat first before following it up with a slow roast at lower heat. I hope you enjoy it."
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2 h 10 m servings 686
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 (8 pound) roast)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Spread garlic all over venison roast, season with salt and pepper, and place in a roasting pan.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook and stir 1/2 cup onion, cilantro, sage, and basil until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the roast.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups onion, orange juice, and cranberries to the roasting pan; reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Continue to roast, basting frequently, until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 140 degrees F for medium rare, about 1 hour. Remove the roast from the pan; cover to keep warm while you prepare the sauce.
  4. Pour beef stock into the roasting pan, and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Continue boiling until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Skim off any fat; stir in the jelly and sherry. Continue to boil until the sauce is slightly thickened and evenly coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Trying this in a slow cooker will make the meat stringy and tough, so in short, don't do it. This should end up just as tender and sweet as tenderloin.
  • I cook my roasts to medium-rare. I don't care for them done any more than that, so if you like yours medium well or more, just be careful not to overdo it.
  • Fresh sage and basil can be substituted for the dried herbs. Just use twice the amount of each.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 686 calories; 21.2 29.8 88.7 348 323 Full nutrition

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I cooked it in a Dutch oven on a wood cookstove for hours and substituted Merlot for for the cooking sherry and skipped the orange juice. I also altered the quantities and used fresh spices. Af...

The venison was great very tasty. made it for a dinner party everyone loved it. I would make it again.

Was amazing used port instead of cherry but will definitely be having it again thanks magpie