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Grilled Venison Loin with Horseradish Cream Sauce



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  • For the venison loin:
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds venison loin, trimmed of all silver skin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, savory, and/or parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the horseradish cream sauce:
  • 1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated or prepared horseradish, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives or parsley
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon, preferably organic
  • Salt to taste



Step 1

Grill the venison loin:

Season the meat with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the herbs with the oil and spread all over the meat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.

Make a hot fire in a charcoal grill or set a gas grill on high heat.

Grill the meat, without moving it, until nicely browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Then rotate the venison 90° and leave it for just a minute to make grill marks. Flip the loin and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more, again rotating the venison if desired. You want to aim for a good, deeply charred outside but a nice and rare inside. This ought to happen after just 10 minutes total cooking. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes while you make the sauce.

Make the horseradish cream sauce:

Mix the crème fraîche, horseradish, chives, lemon juice, and zest together in a small bowl, and season with salt.
To serve the venison loin

Thinly slice the loin against the grain, pile it onto plates or a platter, and serve with the horseradish cream sauce.

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