Fallow deer stew with white root vegetables, apples and pickled mushrooms

2 lb/800 grams fallow deer shoulder

1 onion

1 garlic clove

1 carrot

1 tbsp cacao of high quality

1 tbsp tomato puree

½ bottle red wine

3-4 cups/6-8 dl game or chicken stock

2 parsnips

2 parsley root

2 red, tangy apples

butter for frying and for the vegetables

Pickled mushrooms

4 cups/1 liter assorted mushrooms

1 piece of ginger

1 onion

1 cup/2 dl pickling brine with bay leaves and black pepper. (1 part white vinegar 12 % acidity,                          2 parts sugar and 3 parts water).

1 handful of fresh thyme and a couple of bay leaves, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper.


The stew:

Peel and chop coarsely (1 cm) onion, garlic and carrot. 

Brown the meat, add onions, carrot, cacao and tomato puree, fry for a minute, pour the wine and add water to cover the meat. 

Skim while simmering the stew. Let simmer for about 90 minutes.


Set the oven on 150 C / 300 F.

Peel and chop the white root vegetables and add butter in small lumps, olive oil, salt, pepper and half of the thyme. Bake the vegetables soft i oven. 

Core and cut the apples into wedges, fry in butter with some salt, pepper and thyme. 

Pickled mushrooms:

Clean and cut the mushrooms, shred ginger and onion, bring the pickling brine to the boil, add onion and mushroom, simmer for 1 minute and pour into glass jar. 

When tender remove the meat, reduce the liquid until satisfactory taste, add some butter, flavour with salt, pepper and add the remaining thyme. 

Put vegetables, apples and meat into the pot. 

Serve with the pickled mushrooms.