Reindeer loin with chestnut, cranberry and sprout stir-fry

For festive flavours, try Martin Blunos' fabulous recipe for reindeer loin with fruity sprout and chestnut stir-fry
By Martin Blunos
Reindeer loin with chestnut, cranberry and sprout stir-fry
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 10 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 5 juniper berries, crushed
  • 1 x 800 g reindeer loin, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 115 ml madeira
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 200 ml veal stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the stir fry

  • 800 g brussels sprouts, finely shredded
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed, shredded
  • 150 g peeled chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Mix the crushed pepper and juniper together and rub into the reindeer meat.

2. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan and fry the reindeer on all sides then transfer to a roasting tray. Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and leave to rest in a warm place.

3. In the same pan as the meat was seared, add the Madeira, shallot and garlic. Boil for 5 minutes, or until reduced and syrupy.

4. Add the veal stock and any juices that may have drained from the resting meat. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes, until reduced by one third. Strain through a sieve into a clean pan. Adjust seasoning with the salt, pepper and lemon juice.

5. Meanwhile, heat the oil for the stir-fry in a large saucepan or wok. Add the sprouts, stirring all the time. Cook for 1 minute.

6. Stir in the garlic and spring onions. Cook for a further minute.

7. Add the chestnuts and cranberries. Add the honey, and season with the lemon juice, salt and pepper.

8. Slice the reindeer and serve straight away with the sprout stir fry.

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