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Venison Daube

2nd October 2019

A Special Game Recipe By The Galvin brothers

This rich autumnal recipe by the Michelin star Galvin brothers will fill your kitchen with the flavours of the season.

Daube of Venison with Quince and Chestnuts

Serves 4


 For the quince



  1. Put the venison, wine, port, vegetables, garlic and spices together in a non metallic dish. Tie the thyme, bay and rosemary together with string and add to the dish. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Drain the meat, vegetables, spices and herbs, reserving the meat, vegetables and marinating liquor separately.
  3. Pour half the olive oil into a heavy-based ovenproof pan and heat until almost smoking, then add the reserved vegetables and cook until caramelised.
  4. Dust the venison in the seasoned flour, add a little more olive oil to the pan and seal the meat all over. Stir in the tomato purée and allow it to cook a little with the meat.
  5. Remove the meat to a colander to drain, carefully pour the red wine and port from the marinade into the pan and cook until reduced a little, then add the chicken stock and return to the boil. Skim off any excess fat or scum that rises to the surface, add a little salt to taste and then return the venison to the pan.
  6. Cover the pan with a lid, transfer it to an oven preheated to 110°C and cook for 2 to 3 hours or until the venison is tender.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the quince. Put the sugar and water in a pan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  8. Juice the lemon into a small bowl. Peel the quince and place it in the lemon juice, tossing to prevent discoloration.
  9. Cut the quince into quarters lengthwise, remove the core and seeds, then cut each quarter length wise into 3 to create 12 wedges. Add the quince wedges and lemon juice to the sugar syrup and bring to the boil, then cover the mixture with a cartouche (a circle of greaseproof paper) and reduce the heat to a simmer. Poach the quince for 6 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  10. Remove the venison from the oven and leave to cool. Take the venison out of the pan and divide into 4 pieces. If the sauce is too thin, boil until slightly reduced and thickened, then pass through a fine sieve back over the meat. Just before serving, gently reheat the meat and sauce together.
  11. Heat the clarified butter in a pan, add the trompette mushrooms and toss for 1 minute, then season and drain on kitchen paper. Keep the mushrooms warm.
  12. Reheat the quince if necessary and then remove from the syrup with a slotted spoon.
  13. Put the chestnuts in an oven preheated to 180°C for 1 minute to heat through.
  14. To serve, put the venison on 4 serving plates, then scatter over the mushrooms, chestnuts and quince. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with a sprinkling of parsley. We often serve this with some buttery celeriac purée.


Cook up a storm this October with this recipe exclusively shared by the Galvin brothers. The Galvin brothers have designed the menu at Galvin at The Athenaeum too – book now if you’d like us to do the cooking this autumn!



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