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Rosemary Salt-Crusted Venison with Cherry-Cabernet Sauce

This recipe also works well with rich meats such as pork tenderloin and duck breast. Store leftover Rosemary Salt in an airtight container, and use it to flavor mashed potatoes, polenta, or roasted chicken. Serve with roasted baby carrots.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces venison and about 1/2 cup sauce)


  • 8 large shallots, peeled and quartered (about 1/2 pound)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 venison tenderloins, trimmed (about 9 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary Salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon or other dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprigs (optional)


Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine shallots and 2 teaspoons oil; toss well. Arrange shallots in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan.

Rub venison evenly with 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary Salt and pepper. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add venison; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove venison from pan; arrange on top of shallots in roasting pan. Bake at 400° for 17 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare). Remove venison and shallots from pan. Keep venison warm. Chop shallots.

Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, wine, and cherries; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes), scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary Salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 2 cups (about 5 minutes). Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add cornstarch mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter and juice. Cut venison across grain into thin slices; serve venison with sauce. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Note: Nutritional analysis includes Rosemary Salt.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 362
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 11.7g
  • Saturated fat: 4.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 28.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.8g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Cholesterol: 108mg
  • Iron: 5.1mg
  • Sodium: 589mg
  • Calcium: 57mg

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Rosemary Salt-Crusted Venison with Cherry-Cabernet Sauce Recipe