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Venison Medallions with Gin and Juniper
2 lb Meaty venison bones
2 c Dry red wine
1 c Chopped tomato
1 c Dry gin
1/2 c Diced shallots
6 Juniper berries, crushed
4 Black peppercorns
1 Bay leaf
1/4 c Dijon mustard
1 1/2 lb Venison loin
1/4 ts Salt
1/4 ts Pepper
2 tb Olive oil
1/2 c Dry gin
Cook bones in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until very brown, stirring occasionally. Add wine and next 6 ingredients; stir well, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, 45 minutes or until stock is reduced to 1-1/4 cups.
Strain stock through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Add mustard to stock; stir well, and set aside.
Trim fat from venison.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over venison.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add venison, and cook 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 140 degrees (medium-rare), browning venison on all sides. Remove venison from skillet; set aside, and keep warm.
Wipe drippings from skillet with a paper towel.
Add 1/2 cup gin to skillet; cook over low heat until warm. Ignite with a long match. Add stock to skillet; bring to a boil. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces venison and 1/4 cup sauce).
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