Side Dishes & Canapes
Red Meat & Pork
Just as we thought spring was arriving, we seem to have been plunged back to mid-winter again… but this warming casserole has cheered me up a bit. I cooked it in dinky little individual Le Creuset pots, but of course it would work just as well in one big casserole pan too.
Fry the chopped leeks in a large, non-stick saute pan in olive oil until soft. Meanwhile, toss the stewing venison in seasoned flour. Add to the pan and brown the meat, a few cubes at a time (don't be tempted to put all the meat in the pan at once, because too much liquid will be released and it will steam rather than fry). Pour over the red wine, beef stock and red wine vinegar. Add the ras el hanout spice mix and the crushed juniper berries. Then cook, covered, at 160C (fan oven) for about 2 hours until the meat is very tender. About half an hour before the end of the cooking time, mix the self-raising flour with an egg yolk, the olive oil, 4 tbsp of cold water and some chopped parsley to a soft but not sticky dough and roll into walnut-sized balls with floured hands. Float in the top of the casserole and cook for 20 mins with the lid off.