Venison Medallions with Whiskey, Mushroom & Horseradish Cream Sauce

I've been going to jury duty, so this recipe is a little late in coming. Our apologies. Just doing my civic duty... which isn't always fun. So, here you are.

Creamy, earthy and zingy, then add a touch of good ol' American whiskey-- our Whiskey, Mushroom and Horseradish Cream Sauce is everything you could ever want in a good steak sauce. This recipe was inspired by a number of things. We basically took Ree Drummond's idea of a whiskey cream sauce, combined that with the concept of stroganoff and then added horseradish to reminisce the classic pairing of prime rib steak. And it really doesn't take too long to make.

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
- venison tenderloin, enough for 2
- Kosher/sea salt, to taste
- freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

- 2 tbs. butter
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 cup button mushrooms, finely diced
- 1/2 cup of whiskey
- 1/2 cup of beef broth
- dash of salt
- 1/4-1/2 cup of sour cream, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp. of prepared horseradish, or to taste
- 1 tbs. of chives, chopped
- milk, a few tablespoons

Les ingrédients. Le whisky est particulièrement important. :-)
1. Clean venison tenderloin of all fat and silver skin. Then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Set aside to allow meat to come to room temperature.

At this point, you may want to start getting your grill ready. 
Chop mushrooms to get one cup. You want the mushroom pieces to be fairly small since it will be part of the sauce. 

Do the same with 1/2 cup of onion.
2. In a medium sauce pan or skillet, melt 2 tbs. of butter over medium heat.
Saute onion until it's just about to brown. Stir frequently.
Then add mushrooms and continue to saute for another 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked and liquids are evaporated. Stir in a pinch of salt. Stir frequently. 
Here comes the fun part!

3. So you don't burn your house down, turn off the burner for a moment. 
Carefully pour 1/2 cup of whiskey into the pan. Then turn burner back on to medium heat and simmer until alcohol evaporates, like in the photo. This should only take about a minute.
Once whiskey evaporates, turn the burner up to medium-high heat and pour in 1/2 cup of beef stock. Allow mixture to reduce by half. 

At this point, you can choose to scoop out half of the mushroom pieces. We did that for aesthetic purposes. Then we sprinkled those scooped out pieces over the finished dish to make it pretty. 

4. Then reduce heat to low. Whisk in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/2 tsp. of prepared horseradish, or to taste.

You may want to go stronger on the horseradish. Rick loves it, but I'm not too fond of it so I only added 1/2 tsp. 
Whisk in a few tablespoons of milk to loosen up the sauce. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in chopped chives. 
Remember to check on your meat on the grill. Ideally, you want the sauce and the tenderloin to come out at the same time. DO NOT OVERCOOK venison. Medium to medium-rare is bueno

Allow tenderloin to rest 5 minutes after taking off the grill. Then slice tenderloin into medallions.
Serve Whiskey, Mushroom and Horseradish Cream Sauce over medallions. We also served with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes. 

It was delicious! Thanks for reading. :-)

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  1. Made this for dinner tonight. It was amazing!!!

    1. Glad you liked it! Thanks for trying out our recipe.

  2. This was amazing. Made for dinner tonight!

  3. I just made this recipe today and it was Seriously, one of the best venison recipes I've ever prepared, my mother loved it and she is not always crazy about venison. The only change at all I made was I marinated the tenderloin overnight in buttermilk to draw out any gamey taste, then grilled with the pepper and kosher salt seasoning. Perfection! I will be following your blog from now on.

    1. Fantastic! Always love to hear feedback from our readers! We don't marinate our venison in buttermilk because it doesn't need it. Our whitetail deer are from Nebraska. With all that corn around, they taste just as good as beef. But we can imagine deer eating more grass and brush would taste a little gamey.

  4. Wow. What a fantastic recipe. Definatly worth using up some good whiskey for. Thank you.

  5. Just made this for Christmas dinner. Excellent recipe but I made a few changes. Subbed the Horseradish for fresh minced ginger root. Added a touch of garlic. Venison with whiskey ginger cream sauce. Great dish guys!

  6. This was awwweesssoommeee! My husband made it about a week ago! Our horseradish was week so we added way more - we will definitely make it again! Thank you

  7. This was to die for! I'm super upset at my husband for giving some of our back straps away! I shared...

  8. Jenny, may I just say that your sauce is the best I've ever made. We tweaked the prep by marinating our venison in white wine, staying out with garlic salt, then wrapped it in bacon. The sauce was the star of the show though.

  9. Jenny, this is the best sauce I've ever made. We tweaked the prep by marinating the backstrap in white wine then seasoned it with garlic salt, wrapping it in bacon before grilling it. The sauce was definitely the star of the show though.

  10. What an amazing recipe! I managed to veganize it. It's super good over pasta! The first time was great, the second time was even better. I added some cumin to it and tai chilies to make it hotter. Something I'll definitely keep making! Thanks!

    1. Sounds good! So what did you use instead of meat? We're all for trying out good vegetarian/vegan dishes.


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