Loin of venison with cranberry-chipotle sauce

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 tablespoons Clarified butter or oil -; (to 3 tbspns)
4 pounds Venison loin -; (to 5 lbs)
Coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Minced shallots
2 Minced garlic chives or chives
2 cups Cranberries
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 cup Dry red wine
2½ cup Reduced Game Stock; (see recipe)
1 teaspoon Chipotle chile puree; or more
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh sage
(or 1 tspn dried sage)
3 tablespoons Butter; room temperature

Heat clarified butter in large skillet over medium heat until lightly smoking. Season venison loin with salt and pepper to taste and sear on all sides in skillet, 30 to 45 seconds each side. Remove from skillet and place on baking sheet. Roast loin at 350 degrees about 15 minutes for medium-rare venison (135 degrees internal temperature). Pour all but 1 tablespoon butter from skillet. Add shallots and garlic chives and cook 20 seconds.

Add cranberries and sugar and cook 30 seconds longer. Deglaze with wine by adding wine to pan over high heat and scraping up any browned bits. Reduce wine by ¾ over high heat (about 8 minutes). Add Game Stock, chipotle chile puree and chopped sage. Reduce by ⅓, about 5 minutes, then strain through fine sieve. Press cranberry mixture with back of spoon to force as much sauce through sieve as possible. Return sauce to clean saucepan and heat to boiling. Whisk in butter, remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Yields 8 to 10 servings.

Each of 10 servings: 295 calories, 434 mg sodium, 115 mg cholesterol, 12 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 34 grams protein, 0.27 grams fiber Recipe Source: Los Angeles Times - 12-27-1998 Formatted for Mastercook by Lynn Thomas - Lynn_Thomas@...

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