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Old 12-01-2007, 12:40 PM   #1
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Venison Stew

VENISON STEW


(All ingredients approx.)


3 Lbs. Well trimmed Venison Shoulder cubed.
½ Lbs. Carrots
2 lbs Potatoes Cubed
2 Onions roughly chopped.
28 Oz. Chopped Tomato.
5 Slices Salt Pork
5 Crushed Juniper berries
3 Bay Leaves
6 Cloves garlic chopped.
1 Can Beef broth
1 “Broth Can” Dry Red Wine
2 Tbls Worcestershire
Flour to Coat
Water to Cover Well
S & P to taste
Flour Slurry or Roux (Optional)


Fry the salt pork to render the fat. Flour the stew meat and brown well in the drippings.
Add Beef broth, Wine, Worcestershire, Juniper berries, bay leaves, garlic, Salt & Pepper and enough water to cover well. Slowly simmer until the meat is tender! Add Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, and tomatoes, and continue to simmer until vegetables are done. Additional beef broth/wine/water can be added as/if needed. Just before serving I like to tighten up the liquid a bit with a little roux. Adjust seasonings.











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Old 12-01-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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That looks deeeelicious, UB!
I don't know if they have juniper berries up here in the stores...... I'll have to look. That sounds and looks like a recipe worth trying.
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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(Heavy sigh) Now just where am I gonna find juniper berries around here, or venison shoulder for that matter.

Your stew looks great. Send some to me, packed in dry ice. I'll help ya get rid of it, if you have too much.

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Old 12-01-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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Juniper Berries are strictly an optional item in stew, but not in Gin!!

They are used sometimes in 'game' dishes to cut down on the "gamey" flavor. I do this so the DW will eat the stew.

I have to order them through Penzey's Spices.
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UB, Do the juniper berries actually neutralize the (sometimes) gamey taste, or do they impart their own flavor and mask the gamey taste? Are they what gives gin that unique "turpentine" kind of flavor? And I used to drink gin Can't even stand the smell of it now.....
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We're having a friend over for dinner next week. I was going to make venison french onion soup but... maybe, I'll make this again. It looks so good!!!!!
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:21 AM   #7
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UB, Do the juniper berries actually neutralize the (sometimes) gamey taste, or do they impart their own flavor and mask the gamey taste? Are they what gives gin that unique "turpentine" kind of flavor? And I used to drink gin Can't even stand the smell of it now.....
I would characterize it as "masking" the flavor somewhat rather than neutralizing it. To me it adds a pleasant tartness to the dish (stews or braised roasts etc.) but the taste does not jump out at you. If you ate some of the stew you wouldn't say, "Oh, I can taste the juniper berry" you just wouldn't taste the gaminess of the meat quite so much. They are used to give gin it's distinctive taste.
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Thanks.
I wonder what adding a little gin as it's cooking would do, or maybe marinating the venison with a touch of gin..... That may be reason enough to pick up a bottle of Tanqueray and see if my taste has come back for it
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You can get juniper berries from Penzeys
Spices at Penzeys Spices Juniper Berries

I mostly use them when making choucroute garnie, but, Ive got a venison roast thawing for supper. Hmm.

Thanks, Bob.
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Thanks.
I wonder what adding a little gin as it's cooking would do, or maybe marinating the venison with a touch of gin..... That may be reason enough to pick up a bottle of Tanqueray and see if my taste has come back for it
I'm thinking the best plan to fully utilize the juniper berries is in the gin! Three or four good stiff drinks, and the gamey flavor wouldn't be a problem. Not to mention.... so much more fun!!
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