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PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 40 mins + 20 mins rest

2 x Pure South Venison 5 Rib Rack (500-700g each)
6 shallots, halved
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp allspice
1 garlic head, halved
A large bunch of sage, leaves torn

Cherry Brandy Sauce:
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
1 cup fresh or jarred cherries, stoned
¼ cup water
2 tbsp cherry jam or other red fruit jam
2 tbsp brandy
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper

This stunning venison roast will be a star dish all year round. Venison is low in fat, gorgeous dark red colour, tender and flavourful. The mild gaminess of meat pairs beautifully with the warm aroma of sage and the cherry brandy sauce.  Method
  1. Take the meat out of the fridge to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C. Rub 2 tbsp of oil and the allspice over the venison, then season well with salt and black pepper.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and sear the meat, 2-3 minutes a side until browned all over. Alternatively, quickly sear on the barbecue.
  4. Place the venison racks on a baking tray with shallots and garlic. Scatter sage leaves over the meat and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. To check if the meat is cooked to medium rare, insert a metal skewer into the centre for 5 seconds. It should come out warm. If not return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Cover with foil and let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the cherry brandy sauce. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan. Cook shallots and over medium heat until soft but not coloured. Add the cherries, water and jam. Simmer until cherries are cooked and the mixture becomes saucy consistency for 7-8 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar, brandy and season to taste.
  6. Serve the venison racks with the cherry brandy sauce and roast baby potatoes (optional), garnish with some extra fresh sage leaves and cherries.