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Mid-week meal: Venison and butternut squash stew

Comfort food at its finest.

Written by High Life North
Published 25.11.2021

Serves: 6+


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 650 to 700g casserole venison, cubed
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 300ml red wine
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Large knob butter
  • 4 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 butternut squash, deseeded and chopped but not peeled
  • Zest and juice 1 orange
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 50g butter
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp flat-leaf parsley


Heat the oil in a large sauté pan, then brown the venison in batches. Put into a lidded container or Ziploc bag, add the allspice, red wine and bay leaves and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.

Next day, heat the oil and butter in a large pan, then add the shallots and carrots. Cook for a few minutes, stirring, then add the flour and mix well, letting it cook for a few minutes. Add the venison, marinade, squash, orange zest and juice, and beef stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer very gently for 2 to 2½ hours until the venison is meltingly tender.

For crispy breadcrumbs, melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the crumbs and stir well for about 5 minutes, until browned. Remove from the heat, add a pinch of Maldon salt and the parsley. Scatter over the casserole. Serve with brown basmati rice or creamy mash.

Recipe credit: Woman & Home

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