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Best Venison Stew
by Meggan Hill
1 poud venison roast cut into 1½ -inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil divided
2 onions diced
2 celery ribs finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
2 cups chicken broth
5 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 pounds new potatoes scrubbed and quartered
4 carrots peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen peas
- Pat venison pieces dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven or large stockpot over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half the meat in a single layer and cook, without moving, until browned on one side, about 5 minutes.
- Flip each piece of venison and continue cooking until browned on the other side. Transfer to a bowl. Heat another tablespoon of oil and repeat with remaining venison until browned. Transfer to bowl.
- Heat last tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in flour and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, wine, and chicken broth, thyme, bay leaves, and browned venison with accumulated juices, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
- Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour.
- Stir in potatoes and carrots. Return to a simmer, cover, and cook 1 hour longer, until venison is tender.
- Remove bay leaves and any thyme stems. Off the heat, stir in peas and cover for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.