venison with red wine chocolate sauce
10th October 2013

venison with red wine chocolate sauce

By Lauren Photography by Kate

This is a really simple recipe that doesn’t take a lot of time but you can plate it up and impress your guests with the intriguing combination of sweet and savoury. You are essentially deglazing the pan with red wine and port as you would to make a jus, but the addition of a sprinkling of deep, dark, grated chocolate really adds another dimension to the dish.

I served it up with mashed potatoes and spiced braised red cabbage which was really beautiful and perfect for a chilly Dunedin spring day.


Serves 4
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  • 4 pieces venison tenderloin, ~200g each
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 20g butter
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  • 100ml port
  • 50 ml red wine
  • 350ml beef stock
  • 40g butter
  • 20g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), grated
  • Salt and pepper


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  • Preheat oven to 180 ˚C on Bake
  • 1. Season venison pieces
  • 2. Heat a little olive oil in an oven-proof frying pan over a high heat.
  • 3. Sear the venison pieces for 1 minute on each side.
  • 4. Add butter to pan before placing in oven for 5 minutes (medium rare), remove and cover with tin foil. Rest in a warm place while you make the sauce. (You will need the pan and juices for the sauce.)
  • 5. Place the venison pan over a medium heat, deglaze with port and red wine.
  • 6. Reduce liquid by half before adding beef stock.
  • 7. Reduce liquid again by half before whisking in butter.
  • 8. Finally, whisk in chocolate immediately before serving. Season to taste.


    1. unuTare

      What is 100ml port ?

    2. Lauren

      Port is sometimes also referred to as fortified wine. 100ml is just under half a cup or 3.4 fluid ounces.

    3. unuTare

      Can you please tell me a replacement? or how can i find it in commerce. Thank you.

    4. Lauren

      You can always use more red wine in place of the port if you can’t find Port. You can usually find port at a bottle store or some supermarkets also sell it.

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