Posted by / Monday, February 18, 2013

Fresh Venison Tenderloin

I was lucky enough to come across a fresh venison tenderloin a couple of weeks ago. I had been dying to try Hank Shaw's version of Venison Medallions with Gin and Juniper ever since I saw his post almost a year ago to the day — so I knew exactly where to turn when it was time to get cooking.

I could not have gotten a cleaner tenderloin than what you see above. Having everything else on hand (including the gin), the recipe took all of about 30 minutes to prepare and plate.

The raw juniper berries and gin enhanced this lean cut of meat immensely. It was also quite an eye appealing dish on the table. If you are looking for a recipe that would take any sort of gaminess out of venison this is one you should try!

What is your favorite way to prepare venison or are we just not going there?

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. That tenderloin looks just beautiful! I've only cooked venison once, which is actually pretty surprising as my spouse's family hunts. We butterflied a tenderloin, stuffed it with spinach and gruyere, and seared it on all sides until medium-rare. Yeah, it smells gamy when it's cooking, but afterward? SO good. :)

    1. Thank you Eileen! Spinach and Gruyere stuffed tenderloin sounds amazing!

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  3. I love game, and venison is easily my favorite. My dad used to cut the tenderloin into large cubes, then wrapped them in bacon and grilled them. I love to use the tougher cuts in slow-cooked chili and wherever I might use lamb instead (although you need to add more fat to the recipe because venison is so lean).


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An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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