Venison Sausages Braised with Red Wine, Rosemary and Sage

Venison sausages can now be found in good supermarkets or, even better, at farmers’ markets or direct from the producers, which usually means a better quality product. Venison is one of the leanest meats and is a very rich source of B vitamins, iron and phosphorus. As it isn’t intensively reared, venison also avoids the problems of antibiotic residues. Serve with mashed or baked sweet potato to help mop up the rich sauce and some shredded and steamed Savoy cabbage or spring greens.

Serves 4


2 tbsp coconut oil or mild or medium (not extra virgin) olive oil

12 venison sausages

4 large garlic cloves, peeled

500g (1lb 2oz) shallots, peeled

6 sticks of celery, thickly sliced on the diagonal

400g (14oz) chestnut mushrooms, quartered

420ml (14fl oz) hot beef stock

600ml (1pt) good quality red wine 4 carrots, sliced

2 tbsp rosemary leaves, chopped 2 tbsp sage leaves, chopped

1–2 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2–4 tbsp cold water until smooth

freshly ground black pepper sea salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a casserole dish or large frying pan, add the sausages and brown for 8–10 minutes until they are evenly coloured all Do this in batches if necessary. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Sweat the garlic, shallots, celery and mushrooms in the same pan for 5 minutes.
  3. Return the sausages to the pan, along with the beef stock, red wine, carrots, rosemary and Bring to the boil and simmer very gently, covered, for around 30 minutes, then remove the lid and simmer uncovered for another 20 minutes or so to reduce the liquid.
  4. Add the cornflour and water mixture to the pan to thicken the liquid, stirring for a couple of minutes as it comes to the boil and thickens the Season with pepper and taste. Add salt if needed.

Cook’s Notes

Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free depending on the contents of the sausages • Can be made in advance


From Delicious, Health Sugar Free by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce. With special thanks to Fiona McDonald Joyce for use of these recipes for Holford Health Club members.

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