Skillet-Roasted Elk Loin with Braised Red Cabbage and California Natural Raisin-Bourbon Jus

Submitted by: Paul Wade

Start a day ahead to infuse the cabbage for a raisin glazed elk dinner worthy of praise.



    Braised Red Cabbage

    • 1 head red cabbage (about 3 pounds to yield 12 cups shredded)
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup quality red wine
    • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 cup red port wine
    • 1 yellow onion, julienne (about 2 cups)
    • 1 Fuji apple, julienne (about 2 cups)
    • 3 teaspoons bacon fat
    • 4 cups chicken stock
    • Salt, pepper and freshly ground nutmeg; to taste

    Raisin-Bourbon Jus

    • 1 cup California raisins
    • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) quality bourbon
    • Olive oil
    • 8 ounce mirepoix vegetables (carrots, onions, celery)
    • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
    • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    • 1 teaspoon juniper berries, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    • 3 teaspoons tomato paste
    • 1 cup quality red wine
    • 4 cups quality veal stock
    • 1 dozen fresh blackberries
    • 1 teaspoon cold, unsalted butter


    • 8 portions of elk (about 6 ounces each)
    • olive oil
    • Salt and pepper; to taste



    Remove tough outer leaves from cabbage and discard; shred very thin. In large container, mix cabbage with remaining ingredients, except bacon fat, chicken stock and seasonings. Let stand in refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat bacon fat in large, ovenproof pan; add cabbage and marinade. Stir well and season with salt, pepper and freshly ground nutmeg to taste. Add chicken stock; cover pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F until tender.

    Raisin-Bourbon Jus

    Measure raisins and bourbon into large saucepan and cook over medium heat until plumped. Set aside.

    Heat some olive oil in large saucepan. Add mirepoix of vegetables, garlic, thyme, juniper berries and peppercorns; cook until translucent and aromatic. Stir in tomato paste and stir constantly until caramelized. Add wine and reduce by 3/4. Add veal stock and blackberries; reduce again by 3/4 or until thickened.

    Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into clean saucepan. Return to heat and continue to reduce until coats back of spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add plumped raisins and whisk in cold butter. Keep warm until ready to serve.


    To serve, heat olive il in large sautépan season elk with salt and pepper, and sauté 3 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness (160°F for medium). Remove to warm plate, and thinkly slice each portion on the bias. Serve with Braised Cabbage and Raisin-Bourbon Jus.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 510 (14% from fat); Total Fat 8g (sat 3.5g, mono 2g, poly 0g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 100mg; Protein 46g; Carbohydrate 47g; (Dietary Fiber 6g; Sugars 33g; ); Iron 7mg; Sodium 2840mg; Calcium 125mg; Potassium 1235mg

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