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Take a look at this Blueberry Shitake Venison dish! Succulent venison, prepared just perfectly, with some fresh blueberries, mushrooms, butter and cream. Holy cow. The good thing, too, is it’s easy to make.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
- venison tenderloin, kept whole (amount depends on how much you want to eat)
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 tbs. butter
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries (or frozen), slightly crushed
- 1/3 cup of fresh shitake mushrooms (or your favorite) , stems removed and sliced
- 1/2 cup of elderberry wine (or your choice of berry fruit juice)
- sugar (optional), to taste
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Remove all silver skin and fat from venison tenderloin. Dab dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Make sure you let the tenderloin come to room temperature before you go to cook it.
2. In a pan, heat 2 tbs. of butter and 2 tbs. of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, quickly sear the venison on both sides until you get a nice brown color – about 2 minutes each side. Move the tenderloin to an ovenproof dish. Put it in the oven to allow it to keep warm and continue to cook to medium- rare. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
3. Lower the heat to medium, and add sliced mushrooms to the same pan with the venison drippings. And the blueberries… saute until the mushrooms are soft and the blueberries start to break down, stirring often.
4. Then add the wine or juice, scraping all the tasty bits from the bottom of the pan.
5. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Then add the remaining 2 tbs. of butter.
Stir in some salt and sugar, if desired. You want a balance between sweetness, tartness and a little saltiness. During this whole time, make sure you don’t forget the tenderloin in the oven. Internal temperature for medium-rare should be 125-130 degrees F.
Slice tenderloin into medallions.
Drizzle blueberry-shitake sauce over the medallions. Serve with your favorite sides!