Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Yields: 4-6 Servings
In this dish, blackberries can be replaced with raspberries. Fresh berries are preferable but dried or frozen ones can also be used to substitute.
1 boneless venison loin, trimmed
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries or raspberries
8 ounces mesclun
coarse salt and black pepper to taste
granulated garlic to taste
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 tbsps balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On two dinner plates, divide greens and set aside. Pat meat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix salt, pepper, granulated garlic and thyme then rub mixture into meat. In a large cast iron skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat then add meat. Brown meat on all sides. Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135-140 degrees F for medium-rare to medium. Remove meat from oven, set aside and let stand. Return skillet to stove top over medium-high heat and heat olive oil. Add shallot and saute until caramelized. Add balsamic vinegar and berries, stirring gently until berries are warm. Pour berry mixture over greens and toss to mix. Slice meat into 1/2-inch slices and arrange over greens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.