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Venison Tenderloin with Wild-Mushroom Sauce

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces venison and 3 tablespoons sauce)
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds venison tenderloin
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 (3 1/2-ounce) packages fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3/4 cup port or other sweet red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch

Nutrition Information

  • calories 156
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • fat 2.9 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 27.7 g
  • carbohydrate 3.3 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 95 mg
  • iron 4.4 mg
  • sodium 429 mg
  • calcium 13 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.

  2. Trim fat from venison; place venison on a rack coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of venison. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until thermometer reaches 145° (medium-rare) to 160° (medium). Cover loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Remove stems from mushrooms and discard; slice caps. Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms and shallots; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and port; cook 2 minutes. Combine broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to skillet; bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Serve with venison.

  4. Note: Beef tenderloin can be substituted for venison.