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savory beef strudel

Savory Cranberry & Venison Strudel

  • Author: Jess Pryles
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 1x



1 lb ground venison

12 sheets of phyllo pastry

2 tablespoon oil

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 onion, diced

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

For the cranberry chutney:

5 oz dried cranberries

1 red onion, diced.

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 teaspooon allspice

1 cinnamon stick

1 orange (peel and juice only)

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoon mustard seed

1 teaspoon salt


  1. Start by making the cranberry chutney. Place the cranberries into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to sit until softened, 2-3 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place the red onion in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until translucent and softened. Add in drained cranberries, cider vinegar, brown sugar, caraway, allspice, mustard seed, cinnamon stick, salt and the peel and juice from the orange.
  3. Stir to combine, then lower heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced and evaporated. The final chutney should be quite thick and not watery, over a low heat this may take 30-45 minutes. Allow to cool.
  4. In a skillet, place one tablespoon of oil, and brown the diced onion. Remove from pan, add the second tablespoon of oil and brown the venison. Season with salt and pepper, then add the onions back in. Remove from heat and allow to cool before rolling in pastry.
  5. Preheat an oven or indirect grill to 375f and prepare a tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Prepare a board to assemble the strudel. Start by placing a sheet of phyllo dough on the board, then brush with melted butter. Repeat with 5 more sheets of dough. While you a working, the dough sheets yet to be used should be covered with a damp cloth to prevent them drying out.
  7. Spread half the venison mixture across the buttered sheets, leaving and inch border on all sides. Then, top with half the chutney mixture. The chutney may be too thick to spread, so you can just dot spoonfuls of it on top of the meat.
  8. Fold in the long sides of the pastry, then roll the strudel up, and place seam side down on the tray. Brush with butter. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients to form two strudels total.
  9. Place the tray into your grill or oven, and cook until the phyllo is deep golden brown and crisp, about 45 minutes.