Venison and Chestnut Casserole

Enjoy the rich flavours of red wine, chestnuts and tender venison in this hearty casserole. You can make it a day ahead, store in the fridge and simply reheat in a pan before serving with creamy mashed potato or boiled rice to absorb the juices.

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 75 minutes to 90 minutes Serves: 4

2 x 340g packs Waitrose British Diced Venison
2 tsp plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
2 red onions, thinly sliced
300ml red wine
300ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
200g jar Sierra Rica Organic Cooked and Peeled Chestnuts
2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Pat the venison dry with kitchen paper, then toss the pieces in the seasoned flour. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a flameproof casserole, then add the meat and fry over a high heat until sealed all over. Remove from the casserole with a slotted spoon. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, then fry the onions over a medium heat for 5 minutes or until softened.

Return the meat to the casserole with the wine, stock and bay leaves, then season and stir thoroughly. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1-1¼ hours or until the venison is tender.
Stir in the chestnuts and redcurrant jelly and simmer until the jelly has melted. Season to taste, then sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Waitrose
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