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Beach Plum Sauce

  • SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Jasper White uses beach plum jelly, made from the wild plums that grow all over coastal Massachusetts, for his version of this classic sauce for venison. If beach plum jelly is hard to find, substitute the traditional red currant jelly.

  1. 1/2 pound venison scraps, plus any bones
  2. 2 medium carrots, chopped
  3. 2 celery ribs, chopped
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1 cup red wine vinegar
  7. 3 cups rich veal stock (see Note)
  8. 1 cup red wine
  9. 6 parsley stems
  10. 4 thyme sprigs
  11. 4 juniper berries
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 2 tablespoons cracked peppercorns
  14. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  15. 1 cup beach plum jelly
  16. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  17. Kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large roasting pan, combine the venison scraps and bones with the carrots, celery, onion, and 2 tablespoons of the oil; toss well. Roast the vegetables and meat for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until well browned. Transfer the contents of the roasting pan to a large saucepan.
  2. Set the roasting pan over two burners. Add the vinegar and deglaze the pan over moderate heat, scraping to loosen the browned bits. Pour the vinegar into the saucepan and add the veal stock, wine, parsley, thyme, juniper berries, bay leaves and 1 tablespoon of the peppercorns. Simmer over moderately low heat, skimming occasionally, until very flavorful, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil with the flour. With a wooden spoon, stir the mixture over moderately low heat until light brown, about 5 minutes. Scrape the roux into a bowl.
  4. Once the sauce has reduced, whisk 1 cup into the roux; whisk the roux mixture into the simmering sauce until thoroughly blended. Cook over very low heat for 45 minutes, whisking occasionally. Add the beach plum jelly and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the sauce into a medium saucepan and then add the remaining 1 tablespoon of peppercorns.
  5. Add any juices reserved from carving the venison and whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and serve with the venison.
Make Ahead The sauce can be prepared through Step 4 and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Notes The veal stock called for in the sauce can be ordered from D'Artagnan, 973-344-0565.
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