Pan-Seared Venison with Rosemary and Dried Cherries

Tart cherries and fragrant rosemary make this venison dish perfect for dinner parties.

Pan-Seared Venison with Rosemary and Dried Cherries


Quantity Ingredients
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 large garlic clove
1 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 (1 lb) venison tenderloin
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup dried tart cherries
3/4 cup fat-free beef broth
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp black-currant jelly


 1. Grind 1 teaspoon rosemary with coriander seeds and garlic with a mortar and pestle to make a paste, then stir in 1/2 teaspoon oil. 2. Pat venison dry and put in a bowl, then rub with paste. Season well with pepper, then cover and chill 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 450F. 3. Heat a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over high heat until hot, then add remaining teaspoon oil, tilting skillet to coat evenly. Season venison well with salt, then brown, turning once, about 6 minutes total. 4. Transfer skillet to middle of oven and roast venison until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally into center registers 125F, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer meat to a plate and cover tightly with foil. 5. Add wine and cherries to skillet and deglaze by boiling over moderately high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Stir together broth, water, cornstarch and remaining 1/2 teaspoon rosemary in a bowl and add to skillet. 6. Simmer, stirring, until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in jelly and salt and pepper to taste. 7. Cut venison into 1/4-inch thick slices and serve with sauce.