Recipe: Cumberland Sauce for venison

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  • 2 rounded tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • zest and juice ½ orange
  • zest and juice ½ small lemon
  • 1 rounded teaspoon freshly grated root ginger (about 1 inch/2.5 cm cube, after peeling)
  • 1 level teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3 tablespoons port


  • If you want to, you can make the sauce way ahead of time (even several days).
  • Take off the outer zest of half the orange and the lemon using a potato peeler, then with a sharp knife shred it into really fine strips, about ½ inch (1cm) long.
  • Then place the cranberry sauce, ginger and mustard in a saucepan, add the squeezed orange and lemon juices and zests, and place over a medium heat. Now bring it up to simmering point, whisking well to combine everything together, then as soon as it begins to simmer turn the heat off, stir in the port and then pour it into a jug to keep till needed.

to cook venison steaks

  • When you're ready to cook the steaks, heat the oil in a medium-sized, thick-based frying pan. Dry the steaks thoroughly with kitchen paper, then press the crushed peppercorns firmly over both sides of the steaks.
  • When the oil is smoking hot, drop the steaks into the pan and let them cook for 5 minutes on each side for medium (4 minutes for rare and 6 minutes for well done). I THINK THIS COULD BE TOO LONG!!!
  • Add shallot or red onions and move them around the pan to cook and brown at the edges.
  • Remove the steaks and let them rest while you pour the sauce into the onions. Let it bubble for about 20 seconds, season with salt, and then serve the steaks with the sauce poured over.
  • A garnish of watercress would be nice, and a good accompaniment would be mini jacket potatoes and a mixed leaf salad.


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