Recipe courtesy of Jurgen Spagolla

Venison Loin on Schupf Noodles with Lingonberry Cognac Sauce, Caramelized Chestnuts and Asparagus

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 55 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 pounds venison loin, cleaned and cut into four 8-ounce steaks



Olive oil

Lingonberry Cognac Sauce, recipe follows

20 Schupf Noodles, recipe follows

Caramelized Chestnuts, recipe follows

1 pound fresh green asparagus, cooked al dente

Caramelized chestnuts:

1 pound fresh chestnuts

1 pound sugar

6 ounces Merlot wine

Lingonberry Cognac Sauce:

1 tablespoon butter

2 shallots, chopped

2 ounces orange juice

2 cups Merlot wine

8 ounces lingonberries

2 ounces cognac

2 cups veal-glace

1/3 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Schupf Noodles:

2 pounds baking potatoes, like russets


White ground pepper


1 egg

5 ounces flour


  1. Venison Loin: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Sear steaks quickly in a hot pan with olive oil on both sides and finish in oven to desired doneness. Slice meat and fan it out.
  3. Serve with Lingonberry Cognac sauce, crispy potato noodles (Schupf Noodles), Caramelized Chestnuts and green asparagus.

Caramelized chestnuts:

  1. To peel chestnuts, cut an "x" with a paring knife in the flat side of the nut. They can be either boiled or roasted just until the skin begins to pull away. Work in small batches, keeping the chestnuts warm, and pull and cut away the tough outer skin. Clean chestnuts the thin brown skin from the chestnuts. Melt sugar until it is caramel color and add red wine until smooth and caramel sugar is melted. Add cleaned chestnuts, toss, and set pot aside.

Lingonberry Cognac Sauce:

  1. Sweat shallots in butter. Add orange juice and red wine. Reduce down to 1/2. Add lingonberries, cognac, and veal-glace. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add mustard and simmer for 10 more minutes. Then strain through china cap.

Schupf Noodles:

Yield: 4 servings
  1. Bake potatoes until very soft. Let cool. Peel and shred potatoes through a very fine shredder into a large mixing bowl. Add spices, egg, and flour. Mix all ingredients quickly to form a dough. Now roll the dough into rounds, about 1/4-inch thick and 4-inch long.
  2. Place noodles on flour dusted plate and put in freezer. Noodles can be prepared a few days before the dinner. To finish noodles, fry in canola oil until golden brown and crispy.