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Foodie Thursday

Resident chef Nigel Barden cooks venison shanks with baby beets & chestnuts...but what will the team make of it? Plus loads of great music and another daft listener confession for the team, and indeed the nation, to mull over.

1 hour, 55 minutes

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Venison Shanks with Baby Beets & Chestnuts

by José L Souto from ‘Venison the Game Larder’ (Merlin Unwin Books)

The shank of any animal has lots of flavour since it is a muscle that works hard & contains a lot of sinew which always gives good flavour & substance to any sauce you are cooking.  Slow cooked, shank meat will nearly fall of the bone & be a delicious winter warmer.

Serves 4 

Prep time:  20 mins

Cooking time: 1½ - 2hrs



150g carrots

150g celery

100g leeks

3 cloves garlic

2 x fallow shanks (if large, or 4 smaller ones)

salt & pepper

1 tbsp tomato purée

2L of dark chicken (or turkey), or venison stock 

1 tsp chopped fresh sage

2 tsp grain mustard

12 baby beetroot (or if necessary halve 6 large ones)

150g cooked chestnuts

25g butter

2 tbsp rapeseed or veg oil



Cut the carrots, celery & leeks into 1cm dice & roughly chop the garlic. Season the shanks & fry in a frying pan to give them even colour all over. Place the shanks in an oven-proof dish that has a lid, fry all the diced vegetables in the pan you have used for the venison until coloured, then add the tomato purée & cook for another 5-8 mins, then add the stock & sage. Cover the shanks with the stock & diced vegetables.  Bring to the boil then cook in the oven at 160C for 1½ - 2hrs or until the meat is tender.  Larger shanks could take slightly longer. Remove the shanks from the cooking liquid & keep warm & covered so they do not dry out. Decant the stock into a saucepan, passing it through a fine strainer to remove diced vegetables – keep them warm with the shanks.  Bring the stock to the boil, stir in the mustard & reduce by half. Drop the baby beetroots into cold water & bring to the boil until cooked, then refresh & peel. Sauté the chestnuts in 15g of butter to warm through. Reheat the baby beetroots by plunging into boiling water then drain & toss in 10g melted butter. Place the shanks in a serving dish & cover with hot sauce, then garnish with vegetables, baby beetroots & chestnuts.