Blackwing Recipe

Maple & Shallot Roasted Rack of Venison

Servings: 2-3

Difficulty: average

Meal: dinner


  • 1.5 lb rack of venison (5 ribs)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1.5 cups maple syrup
  • 2.5 cups veal stock
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 shallots, trimmed and pealed

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Season venison generously with salt and pepper, rub with a little olive oil and let rest at room temperature.

Cooking: In a medium saucepan, combine the maple syrup, veal stock, thyme, bay leaf, peppercrns and garlic. Gently boil until reduced by half. Set a roasting pan over medium-high heat and add the butter. When hot, brown the rack on all sides, then transfer to a plate. Pour the maple-stock reduction into the roasting pan. Return the rack to the pan, meat-side up. Add the carrots and onions and season them with salt. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes, basting venison with sauce every 5 minutes. Flip venison and continue roasting until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 130 degrees, 10 to 20 minutes more (start checking the internal temperature after 10 minutes).

Serving: Transfer rack to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. If vegetables are fork-tender, transfer them to a serving platter. If not, put them in a saucepan. Strain the sauce into the saucepan and simmer until reduced to desired thickness or until the vegetables are tender. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Slice the venison and serve with vegetables and sauce. Cheers to healthy eating!