Venison Bourguignon Hot Pot served with Juniper, Rosemary & Maple Pumpkin

Rich venison bourguignon style hot pot with maple and rosemary pumpkin slices and CHEF® Red and Port Wine Reduction Paste served with black garlic zucchini
Product: CHEF® Black Garlic Paste, CHEF® Fermented Pepper Paste, CHEF® Liquid Concentrate Beef, CHEF® Red & Port Wine Reduction Paste

Serves: 10

¼ cup olive oil
10 baby onions, peeled and halved
2 carrots, diced 2 celery stalks, diced
400g button mushrooms, halved
1.5kg venison, diced
1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon CHEF® Black Garlic Paste
1 tablespoon CHEF® Fermented Pepper Paste
¹⁄³ cup CHEF® Red and Port Wine Reduction Paste
¼ cup CHEF® Beef Liquid Concentrate + 1.2 litres water
250g whole baby button mushrooms
2 tablespoons tomato paste arrowroot or cornflour to thicken

1 butternut pumpkin, peeled and sliced into small wedges
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons CHEF® Red and Port Wine Reduction Paste

4-5 zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoons CHEF® Black Garlic Paste seasoning

Garnishing Ideas

Fresh rosemary or thyme


Heat a little oil in a heavy based saucepan and sauté the onions, carrots, celery and chopped mushrooms until softened and caramelised. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add a splash more oil and sear the diced venison on all sides then add the juniper berries, rosemary, CHEF® Black Garlic and Fermented Pepper Pastes. Cook for a few minutes then add the CHEF® Red and Port Wine Reduction Paste, CHEF® Beef Liquid Concentrate and water. Add the cooked vegetables, whole button mushrooms and tomato paste into the saucepan, cover and gently simmer for 1½ hours or until the meat is very tender. Stir in the cornflour or arrowroot dissolved in a little water to thicken the venison.

For the pumpkin topping, peel and slice pumpkin into small wedges and toss with the combined maple syrup and CHEF® Red and Port Wine Reduction Paste. Drizzle with a little oil and roast on a lined tray turning once until just tender.

Divide the venison bourguignon between individual serving dishes and top with the roasted pumpkin slices, brush with any remaining maple glaze and grill for 5-6 minutes or until pumpkin is golden and venison is bubbling.

For the zucchini, toss in a hot pan with olive oil, add the CHEF® Black Garlic Paste and a little water and cook until just tender and bright green. Season to taste. Garnish the venison hotpots with rosemary or thyme and serve with a side of zucchini.

Chef Tips

Make this flavourful venison bourguignon into a hearty pie using flaky golden pastry

Substitute the venison with beef or lamb

Substitute the pumpkin for golden kumara slices or potato



CHEF Black Garlic Paste

Developed through a fermentation process, fresh garlic is transformed to create a sweet and rich garlic flavour to use at any stage of the cooking process.

CHEF Fermented Pepper Paste

CHEF Fermented Pepper Paste has a well-balanced aromatic flavour of pepper and fermented notes. Fermented Pepper paste is powerful in taste and thus provides a high yield. It is extremely versatile across many applications.

CHEF Beef Liquid Concentrate

Wonderful base for building savoury meat dishes with roasted notes.

CHEF Red & Port Wine Reduction Paste

A classic red wine reduction paste, which delivers a balance of sweetness and acidity.
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