Inspired by recipes for Milk Braised Pork Shoulder and Milk Pork, I wondered if I could do the same braising technique with venison. Usually, I like cooking venison roasts in a slow cooker with a lot of beef stock since wild game tends to be very lean and a bit tough. Slow cooking leaves venison meat ultra-tender.
Yet, braising venison seemed very attractive since I’d only be cooking the meat for two to three hours instead of all day. So I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that the enzymes in the milk would tenderize the venison. While the meat didn’t fall apart like it would in my slow cooker, braising venison was very successful – and delicious.
I’ve healthed-up my braised venison recipe by substituting olive oil for butter and skim milk for whole. I’d also recommend adding another onion, more carrots and even some root vegetables like turnips to the braising pot. Blending the vegetables with the curdled milk made a wonderful sauce.
This Mama’s tips
- If you have a larger venison roast, add more milk, vegetables and herbs and increase cooking time.
- If you don’t have a big enough French or Dutch oven, you may want to braise two smaller venison roasts instead. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Milk Braised Venison Roast
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless venison roast
- 4 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into slivers
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, cut in half
- 1 large handful of “baby” carrots or one large carrot cut in half
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups skim milk
- Using a small paring knife, make small slits in the venison roast, inserting a sliver of garlic into it. Make sure to evenly cover the roast with garlic filled slits.
- Heat the oven to 350º F.
- Evenly sprinkle salt and pepper on the venison.
- Heat a heavy, oven safe pot over medium high heat. It should be big enough to hold your roast.
- Add the olive oil to the pot and brown the venison well on all sides.
- Add the onion, carrot, and herbs to the pot. Pour over the milk, and bring to a simmer on the stovetop.
- Cover the dish and transfer to the oven until tender, about 2 to 3 hours, turning the meat every 30 minutes.
- When done, turn off the oven and remove the pot. Then remove the venison roast from the pot, wrap in foil, and place back in oven to keep warm. Make sure the oven has been turned off!
- Remove the bay leaves from the curdled cooking juices. Purée the curdled milk, carrots and onion with an immersion blender. If there isn’t much juice left, you can add a little chicken or vegetable stock or water. Remember, the sauce should be thick and not runny, so don’t add too much.
- Taste and add salt or pepper if needed.
- Slice the venison on a diagonal and arrange in a serving dish. Pour the sauce over the meat and serve.
- Serving size: 1/2 to 3/4 pounds of braised venison per person
- Calories: 321
- Calories from Fat: 49
- Total Fat: 5.4g
- Saturated fat: 0.6g
- Unsaturated fat: 3.8g
- Sodium: 117mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 17.6g
- Sugar: 14.5g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Protein: 46.3g
Weight Watchers POINTS = 7