By: Stacy Lyn Harris
Venison Scaloppine was the first dish that I "loved" when I began my month's cooking stint with using only wild game as my protein. If you are new to who I am and how I started cooking wild game, I spent one month "cleaning out the freezer" by cooking all the wild game that Scott, my husband, had harvested the previous year. I wasn't crazy about venison, but after that month, I fell in love with the natural flavorful protein!
Although this dish can just as easily be prepared with veal, chicken, duck, and pork, my preference is venison. The earthy flavor of the venison is perfectly balanced with the wine and butter and complimented by the earthy flavor and fabulous texture of the mushrooms.
With my busy life raising children, writing books, and doing mounds and mounds of laundry, this recipe is my salvation. From start to finish, it only takes about 15 minutes to prepare this recipe. Pair it with a salad and bread and you are sure to be praised by your family and friends every time!
If you like this dish, it is in my book "Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living." This would be a fantastic Christmas gift!
(Serves 6 to 8)
1 1/2 pounds venison loin
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 extra large eggs
2 cups breadcrumbs, dried and seasoned with salt and pepper
1 pound large button mushrooms, quartered
1 1/2 cups sherry or Marsala wine
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1. Slice venison into 1-inch pieces. Pound to 1/4 inch thick.
2. On a plate, mix together flour, salt, and pepper. On a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. On a third plate, add the breadcrumbs.
3. Lightly dredge venison in the flour mixture, then the eggs, and lastly the breadcrumbs.
4. Heat oil and half the butter in a large cast iron skillet or sauté pan. Cook about 2 minutes over medium heat on each side or until brown. Transfer pieces of venison to a cooling rack.
5. Add a little more olive oil and the mushrooms to the pan until juices have been absorbed. Add sherry to mushrooms and reduce by half. Add remaining butter to the pan and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook for about 5 more minutes.
6. Stir in the thyme leaves. Pour mushrooms and sauce over the venison and serve.
Note: Make a double batch of the fried venison. Freeze one batch on sheet pans until frozen, then store it in freezer bags. When ready to use it, remove from freezer and place on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees until warmed through. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce and serve with your favorite crusty bread, salad greens, and mashed potatoes.