A sturdy wild game stew, that is a Swedish classic. Although, moose is commonly used for this dish, any wild game would work. In North America if moose isn’t at hand, elk, venison (deer) or feral hog would perform well in this dish. In a hurry, this recipe adapts well to an electric or stove top pressure cooker.
Begin by tossing your stew meat with a little salt and pepper to season.
Next place your Dutch oven (or braising pot of choice) on your stove top and heat to a medium-high heat. While heating add butter (or fat of choice) to the pan. Once the fat is heated, begin browning your stew meat in batches. Don't over crowd the meat.
Once your meat is browned, place it on a plate or in a large bowl and reserve for use later.
Now, add your chopped bacon and cook for about five minutes or until the bacon is rendering it's flavor into the pan.
Toss, in your chopped onions and sauté until soft. This should take about five minutes.
Add the mushrooms and continue sautéing until the mushrooms begin to soften.
Return the browned meat and give it a good stir. Now add the crushed juniper berries and stir. Continue to cook until the juniper berries become aromatic, about 3-5 minutes.
Quickly add the red wine and scrap the goodies from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until the wine is reduced by half.
Once reduced add the stock, tomato puree, dried plums and bay leaves. Stir until well combined. Return your pot to a boil, reduce to low and simmer.
If using, place your dampened and oiled cartouche over the top of the stew.
Place the lid on the pot and simmer for 2 hours. (See note 3 regard pressure cooker use)
After the cooking time, remove and discard your cartouche (if using) and stir. Taste and correct seasoning as required.
At this point you can reduce the liquid to the consistency desired or use the corn starch for thickening. If using corn starch, mix 2 tablespoons with 2 tablespoons of water in a separate bowl. When thoroughly mixed slowly mix into the stew while stirring. Cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
Once the stew is at the consistency you wish, taste again and if additional seasoning is required, adjust. Finally, should the stew taste too gamey for your taste, add a teaspoon of raw sugar to the stew. Stir, cook a minute and taste. Add an additional teaspoon should you feel it's needed.
Remove from heat and place on top of the stew when serving or if you prefer, serve on the side.
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