Venison Tenderloin with Mushroom Cream Sauce
The earthy flavor of mushrooms, highlighted with brandy and thyme and enriched with cream, is the perfect foil for sweet venison in this elegant dish.
1-pound piece venison tenderloin (at room temperature 20-30 minutes)
Salt and ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 shallots, minced
2 cups sliced fresh shitake or baby bella mushrooms
1/2 cup brandy or tawny port
2 teaspoons Glace de Viande Gold® dissolved in 1 cup hot water
2 thyme sprigs, plus additional thyme leaves for garnish
1/2 cup heavy cream
Season the venison generously with salt and pepper. Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of the butter and then the venison. Sauté the venison, turning as needed, so it is well browned on all sides, about 10-12 minutes total time. Remove the venison from the pan and set it aside, tented with aluminum foil.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. When the butter has melted, add the shallots and mushrooms and sauté, stirring frequently until the juices released by the mushrooms have evaporated and the mushrooms are golden brown.
Stir in the brandy, scraping the browned bits from the pan, and simmer until the brandy has cooked down almost to a glaze, leaving just a tablespoon or two of liquid in the pan.
Stir in the diluted Glace de Viande Gold® and the thyme sprigs and simmer untll the liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
Reduce the heat to low, add the cream and simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cut the venison into thick slices and return it to the pan, turning to coat the slices with sauce. If the venison is not cooked to your liking, simmer it gently in the sauce for a few minutes. Serve the venison with the sauce ladled over the top, garnished with fresh thyme leaves.