Make a fantastic venison pie

By Drum Digital
06 May 2014

Do you want to try your hand at cooking venison, but you don’t know how or you’re not sure your kids will like it? Then you have to try this easy and delicious venison pie. Your whole family is sure to love it and you can buy the venison at your nearest Checkers.

Serves 4-6

Preparation time: 25 min

Cooking time: 3 hours

You’ll need:

Spice mix

  • 2 ml (½ t) curry powder
  • 5 ml (1 t) paprika
  • 5 ml (1 t) ground coriander
  • 1 ml (¼ t) ground cloves
  • 2 ml (½ t) salt

Meat

  • 30 ml (2 T) sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 120 g bacon, diced
  • 700 g venison, cubed
  • 500 ml hot meat stock

Crust

  • 160 ml (? c) milk
  • 80 ml (? c) sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml (1 c) cake flour
  • 10 ml (2 t) baking powder
  • 5 ml (1 t) paprika
  • 2 ml (½ t) salt
  • 5 ml (1 t) dried mixed herbs

Do this:

  1. Grease a 30 cm pie dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Spice mix: Mix all the ingredients.
  3. Meat: Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and bacon and stir-fry until the bacon is crisp. Set aside.
  4. Fry the meat in batches for 2-3 minutes a batch or until golden brown. Add the spice mix while the meat is frying and a little stock to prevent sticking.
  5. Reduce the heat, return all the meat, the onion and bacon to the saucepan, add the stock and simmer slowly for 2-2½ hours or until the meat falls apart. Spoon into the prepared pie dish and allow to cool.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  7. Crust: Whisk together the milk, oil and egg. Sift together the flour, baking powder, paprika and salt and add the herbs. Add the milk mixture and mix to a smooth, soft dough.
  8. Spoon the dough over the meat and bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

  • Bushveld Pride venison – always in season at Checkers

Full of flavour, low in fat and packed with vitamins, venison is often described as the perfect red meat – and Checkers made sure it’s easy on the budget too. From burgers, mince and boerewors to steak for your braai, the Checkers Bushveld Pride range is available 365 days a year and offers a healthy alternative that’s versatile, low in kilojoules and perfect for any number of gourmet dishes. Click here for more.

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