Venison Wellington for your Valentine

Venison Wellinton
Venison: Antelope. Elk, Deer Wellington

Venison Wellington

Venison Wellington for your Valentine!

Venison Wellinton
Venison: Antelope. Elk, Deer Wellington

Venison Wellington…  Think about it! It’s rare, organic, wild, in a savory crust. Isn’t that what we all want in love?

I took classes in mythology in my youth, I never thought then, that I would ever identify with Diana & Artemis the Goddesses of the hunt, but I do! To my soul… I do!

The Goddess of the Hunt

Venison Wellington
Diana Goddess of the Hunt & the Moon

Saint Valentines’ Day is approaching.  The Goddesses of the hunt inspire me to feed my love something wild, organic, rare, and savory…. in a package begging to be opened.

Diana & Artemis use bows to hunt their conquests. How curious Cupid sports the same weapon! Their Common Quest: Hearts!

Venison Wellington for Two

1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon herbes de Provence

2  Six oz pieces Venison Tenderloin/Loin ( Elk, Antelope, Deer)

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard with horseradish (or your personal fave)

2 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 cup fresh mushrooms sliced (your fave type here as well)

1 sheet frozen puff pastry sheet (10″x 8″ 1/8″ thick) thawed

1 egg

1 teaspoon heavy cream

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Mix pepper, salt,  and herbes de Provence in a small bowl
  • Rub the mustard on all sides of the 2 venison pieces, and sprinkle all sides with the spice, herb mixture
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small heavy skillet. Sear the venison on all sides, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  • Melt the other 1 tablespoon of butter in the same heavy skillet. Saute’ the chopped mushrooms till just cooked, about 5 minutes
  • Arrange the venison on a small baking sheet lined with parchment & top with half the sauteed mushrooms
  • Cut 2 – 5″ circles of puff pastry. drape over the venison, and pinch closed underneath
  • Cut decorations from puff pastry scraps, and affix with a bit of water
  • Mix the egg & cream. Brush over the Venison Wellington Crusts with a pastry brush
  • Bake 15 minutes till browned, and flaky
  • Serve immediately
Venison Wellington
Antelope Buck Cheyenne Wyoming

This Valentines Day:

  • Make your aim true
  • Focus on your target
  • Nothing says “I love you” like serving your hard won harvest to your lover
  • Give your harvest the presentation it deserves
  • Remember also to honor the LOVE you are blessed with as well… dance in celebration of it!
  • Remember all your dances of love. Especially (for me) if with your son on his wedding day… to music from another legendary “God of the Hunt” The Archer – “Robin Hood”  (Bryan Adams)

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