This was a great recipe. A friend gave me 1.5 pounds of venison backstrap. I'd never cooked venison before, but others told me that backstrap is the best cut there is. Still, I was leery about how this would cook up - would it be greasy, or tough, or taste really gamey? I made this exactly as written, adding the optional cognac and baby carrots. The red wine I used was a Beaujolais, and I did thicken the sauce with the optional cornstarch and water. I served the results over egg noodles, and it lasted me for three fairly big dinners. It tasted great. The meat was a tad dry, but maybe that's the nature of venison; not a complaint at all, just noting that. The texture was very nice - I can see why someone I read online compared backstrap to filet mignon. I hardly know French cooking, but this just looked like something from that cuisine. If I'm ever lucky enough to get more venison, I'll make this recipe again for sure.
Was this review helpful?
0 users found this review helpful
This was a great recipe. A friend gave me 1.5 pounds of venison backstrap. I'd never cooked...