Rolled Venison Backstrap | Free Hunting App
Take your venison culinary game up a notch with this great recipe!
The backstrap or venison loin, as it is called in the stores, is one of the most sought after cuts of meat from a white-tailed deer. The backstrap, of a deer, elk, moose or other big-game animal, is considered the best cut because it is a long lean muscle on top of the animals rib cage, that does not do a lot of work while the animal is alive. The backstrap is extremely tender, and way more flavorful than the tenderloin or inner loin, which is soft as butter, and much smaller. On a cow, the loin is where the steaks come from and on pigs, it is the chops. The same cuts on wild game can be accomplished with some basic butchering knowledge.
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Ingredients list :
Half of a venison loin (the wider section is better)
2 cups of organic baby spinach
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
½ cup of sliced mushrooms
¼ cup of white cooking wine
¼ cup of balsamic vinaigrette
2 tbsps. minced garlic
2 tbsps. bread crumbs (gluten free bread crumbs used here)
Salt & pepper to taste
Other items needed:
Butcher twine (tooth-pics can be substituted for the twine)
Sharp fillet knife
Roasting pan / measuring cup / fry pan
To make everything easier, pre-measure everything out before starting the process, be sure to pre-heat the oven to 425
Filet the backstrap trying to keep both sides with equal parts thickness.
If the backstrap is very thick, then a butterfly technique should be applied so that it will have 3 folds.
Today ours was good at one cut down the middle. Once the backstrap is filleted, open the surface, it should be all the same thickness.
Now, salt and pepper the inside lightly.
Place olive oil in a fry pan, add minced garlic on med-high heat.
Once garlic is turning brown, add in the baby spinach; let the spinach shrivel down and add in the cooking wine. This should cook down enough so there is little liquid left in the pan.
Now, add the mushrooms in and cook until they are soft and break apart easily.
Once spinach, garlic, and mushroom sauté mixture is finished, remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
Place the well mixed stuffing on the center of the backstap no wider than an inch and make it as high as you prefer.
Now, turn the backstrap so it is lengthwise with one side facing you. Grab both ends and begin to roll the backstrap like a burrito, careful not to make it too tight so the filling stays in place.
Once completely rolled, use the butcher twine to keep the roll secure for cooking.
Salt & Pepper the backstrap once rolled, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs
Place the backstrap in a roasting pan , and insert into a 425° pre-heated oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on preferred doneness. The optimal temperature you are looking for is between 135°-145° for medium-rare to medium tenderness.
While the backstrap is cooking, place the balsamic vinaigrette into a fry pan on medium heat. Reduce until there is about half liquid and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook down until consistency is that of maple syrup.
Remove from heat and your backstrap should just be finishing up.
Remove backstrap and let rest for 5 minutes, uncovered.
Remove the butcher twine or toothpicks, and with a sharp knife, slice into one-inch medallions and plate immediately. Drizzle on the balsamic demi-glaze and serve with rice for a flavorful and nutritious meal.
This is worth the time it takes to make, and you will not be let down by the results!!!
Your hunt’n buddies will think you hired a gourmet chef to prepare their meal when you serve this at the next gathering.
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