New Zealand Venison

Roast of venison with herb crust and new vegetables

Serves: 6     Preparation: 30 mins     Time to cook: 30 mins     Cost per serve: $6.50


1 kg piece venison topside or inside round
50 gms of butter or oil
1 cup chopped fresh herbs: parsley, tarragon, chervril marjoram, thyme
1 clove crushed garlic
1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs
1 egg
salt and pepper
seasonal vegetables


Heat oil in a heavy based pan and sear the venison on all sides to develop a good brown colour.

For the crust, chop the herbs and mix together with the garlic and breadcrumbs. Add the egg and combine further. It should form a malleable paste - add a little water if it is too dry. Season with salt and pepper and coat the top side of the seared venison in a layer about 1 inch thick, patting to ensure it adheres to the meat.

Roast in a moderate oven at about 180 ̊for 25 minutes. Remove and rest. Slice carefully across the grain and serve with a jus and a selection of seasonal vegetables.