Balsamic-Glazed Rack of Venison

Palmer recommends tender Cervena venison, a high-quality farmed meat from New Zealand. You can substitute other venison cuts, including tenderloin and leg steaks, for the elegant racks. He serves a sweet-sour red cabbage slaw alongside.

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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Fall, Winter, Roasting, Dinner Party, Fast, Healthy

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  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarsely ground pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Two 1 1/ 4-pound venison racks, 4 chops each, frenched

How to make this recipe

  1. In a bowl, combine the vinegar, olive oil, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of pepper and 3/4 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a nonreactive ovenproof skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Set the venison racks bone side up in the skillet. Sear them over high heat, turning once, until browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Put the skillet in the oven and roast for about 20 minutes, brushing the racks 3 times with the glaze, until the meat is rare and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the meat reads 125°. Cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the remaining glaze to the skillet and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to scrape up the browned bits. Cut the venison into chops and serve with the sauce.


One Serving Calories 340 kcal, Protein 46 gm, Carbohydrate 3 gm, Cholesterol 169 mg, Total Fat 14.9 gm, Saturated Fat 3 gm.

Contributed By Published January 1997

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