What with wild deer making themselves a real nuisance in Shizuoka Prefecture (and almost all over Japan) succulent meat is readily avalaible if you know when, where and whom to ask!
The other day my good friend Yasushi Imaizumi/今泉康さん, owner of IMAIZUMI Fashion Company and a well-known local gastronome, gave me a good 2 kg of venison from a deer that had been culled by licensed hunters in Okabe, Fuijeda City!
Being a native of Bourgogne, France, I knew the simple way to prepare it: Wine Stew/Bourguignon as for beef!
Although the meat was basically rump whereas meat on the bone would have been more proper, I still cooked it in the above manner.
This was a source of a bone of contention with the Dragon as I was for the analog recipe whereas she cooks such dishes through pressure cooking (autocuiseur/圧力鍋 !
If you are for the pressure cooker, the process is the same though the cooking will take only a few minutes but you still will need to strain and reduce the sauce.
Now, i did it the long ang and traditonal way:
-I cut the meat (about 2~3kg of it) into large chunks and marinated them overnight with a cup of whisky (you can try cognac or even vodka!), a bit of salt, plenty of pepper, bay leaves, a little sage and plenty of thyme powder (whole would have been best!).
-The next day, I took the meat out of its marinade and drained it. Some people wipe the marinade off but I don’t. The beauty of the Bourguignonne recipe is that it is wide open to priorities!
I didn’t discard the marinade!
-I cut a large carrot into big chunks, peeled a whole garlic and separated the cloves. I did not cut the latter. I peeled a large hard fresh onion. Some people would cut the onion into quarters but I wanted to keep it for the dish whereas quartered onion would have almost melted.
-I first fried cubes of baco in a little olive oil in a learge pan.
-I then fried the venison (with the bacon) all over in plenty more olive oil over a hot fire. Once the meat had completely changed color I dropped the carrot in, added some flour and cooked until the flour became a foxy color.
-I then reduced the fire to very low. I added the garlic, some tomato ketchup, the whole marinade and 2 thirds of a bottle of strong red wine (it was Italian as I didn’t have a French one!). People in Corsica also add a good portion of fresh home-made pistou/pesto, bvut I didn’t have the time or will to prepare it although I love it.
-I mixed the whole roughly and placed the onion in the middle punctured with a couple of whole cloves, put the lid on and cooked the whole on a very little fire for over 2 hours.
=I then took the venison, bacon and onion carefully out and drained the sauce.
I discarded the vegetables and reduced the sauce to a good half.
While it was reducing I cut the venison into single-bite chunks.
Once the sauce had been properly reduced I asted it and seasoned a little more and I put the venison and bacon back into the sauce and cooked it on a low fire while I was preparing some penne in plenty of salted water in which I had poured some olive oil.
I dropped the penne inside two large plates, placed plenty of venison in the middle, poure enough sauce (there was olenty left for the next two days!). On top of it all I placed the hot and (only then!) quartered onion for better effect and enjoyment. I put a finaltouch by sprinkling plenty of chopped fresh parsley all over it.
Pretty simple and open to variations!
The Dragon’s plate!
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