Loin Of Venison With Cherry Chile Salsa

Yield: 4 servings
1 venison loin (or 2 lb
1 backstrap)
1/2 c apple cider
2 c dried cherries
1 pear, finely chopped
1 (unpeeled)
1/2 c peeled, diced jicama 1 c
-cleaned,; roasted green
1 chiles

 Oven Temp: 400oF 1. Preheat oven to 400F. Rinse and dry the venison. Tie
with a string so that it is of uniform thickness. Lightly season with salt
and pepper. Heat a saute pan with a thin coating of olive oil.
2. When the oil is hot, brown the venison on all sides, then place the
venison in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until medium rare. Allow the
venison to sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before slicing
thinly to serve.
3. Place apple cider in a small saucepan over moderate heat. Add dried
cherries and remove from heat when liquid is hot, not boiling. Cover pan
with lid and set aside, off heat, until cherries are plumped and soft,
about 20 minutes.
4. Add chopped pear, jicama and chilies to cherries. There should be
little or no liquid left in pan; drain if necessary.

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