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Old 04-28-2006, 09:56 AM   #1
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Cooked Venison yesterday

Yesterday, I put 3 little venison roasts in the crock pot atop a layer of quarted new red potatoes and baby carrots. I added the usual packet of dry onion soup mix, can of cream of mushroom soup, a little water, a pinch of thyme and pepper. The meat was cooked through and very tender after four hours, as were the apples and carrots. I took the meat out and sliced it across the grain, as venison can be pretty stringy. It was tasty, but unexpectedly dry. I returned the meat to the crockpot and added a can of shrooms, a cube of frozen basil butter, and another can of mushroom soup.
We had biscuits and fresh asparagus with it, and all was delcious, but the meat still tasted dry and chewy, even with all that gravy. I've never had that happen before, and I was surprised, because the meat was from a young doe.
I am mystified...???

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Old 04-28-2006, 10:50 AM   #2
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Depends on what roasts they were. If it was the backstrap, you've overcooked a very tender piece of meat.
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:09 PM   #3
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I think that's what happened, Gretchen. How would you have cooked them?
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I just wanted to say that by the second day, the venison had soaked up a lot of the "goody" and was juicy and delicious. I guess that's the fix for dry meat...
Lots of gravy!
By the way, HB says the meat was backstrap.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:35 PM   #5
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Oh, my. You have really missed the best of venison. It is the tenderloin. It is elegant rubbed, seared and roasted rare with maybe a port wine or cherry sauce. Or you could have sliced it into medallions, pounded it thin and made a country style steak.
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If it was the tenderloin, treat it like a filet mignon, albeit more lean. Basically, you'll need a good sauce and never cook it past medium. Pan sear or grilling would be the best method.
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a good cast-iron sear, stone rare; sliced thin with a sprinkling of fleur de sel, maybe some dried porcini dust. a nice chateau neufdepape, that's ****ing heaven.
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