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Venison Medallions with Cranberry Thyme Sauce

Tender slices of venison napped in a ruby red cranberry sauce accented with thyme and port. Serve it with baked sweet potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts for an elegant fall or winter supper.


  • 8 3-ounce venison medallions (1/2- to 3/4-inch thick slices from a venision tenderloin)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Graisse de Canard Gold® or canola oil, plus additional as needed
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3/4 ounce Glace de Viande Gold® dissolved in 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup ruby Port
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup prepared cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Season the venison with salt and pepper.  Melt the Graisse de Canard Gold® in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When the pan is hot, sauté the venison medallions in batches to reach desired doneness, 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare.  Transfer them to a warmed platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep them warm while you make the sauce.
  2. Add the shallot to the skillet with a little more Graisse de Canard Gold® if necessary, and sauté over medium-low heat until it is translucent, 3-5 minutes.  Increase the heat to medium and stir in the diluted Glace de Viande Gold®, Port, cranberries, and 2 thyme sprigs, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the liquid is reduced to 3/4 cup.
  3. Whisk in the cranberry sauce and simmer until it dissolves, then whisk in the butter.  Remove the thyme sprigs and season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve the venison with the sauce ladled over the top.  Garnish with additional thyme sprigs.

Additional Tips

Wine Pairing: Zinfandel, Shiraz, or Cabernet Sauvignon

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