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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.91 / 5 (33 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
2 hrs 20 min

Highland Game's recipe for rich and filling stew is ideal for chilly wintery evenings


Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 3. Trim up the venison and cut into large chunks if not done already. Heat the oil in a large casserole and brown the meat all over. Remove the meat to a plate and add the onion and garlic to the casserole. Cook over a medium heat for about 15 minutes until the onion is just tinged with brown. Mix the paprika with the flour, thyme and juniper berries. Tip the meat and any juices back into the casserole, add the flour and paprika mixture, stir well and cook for a couple of minutes. Pour in the passata and beef stock, season well, stir and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat, cover with a lid and bake in the oven for about two hours. 20 minutes before it is ready, add the potatoes, replace the lid and cook for 20 minutes. Serve drizzled with soured cream and sprinkled with chopped parsley.


  • 900 g venison shoulder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 6 juniper berries, crushed
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 pinches black pepper
  • 400 ml passata
  • 200 ml beef stock
  • 600 g potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

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The goulash overall was very tasty but 20 minutes to cook potatoes in a casserole from raw isn't possible. We doubled the time & it still wasn't sufficient. Would therefore suggest to anyone trying this recipe to par-boil the potatoes first.

MickH26110 MickH26110  Posted 22 May 2011 8:10 PM