You can’t go wrong with fried tenderloin from a freshly harvested deer. Be it whitetail or mule deer, the tenderloin is usually one of our first meals, often getting consumed before we ever leave camp.
To give your tenderloin a tasty twist, top it with this quick and easy champagne cream sauce. Make it in a pan as your tenderloin fries. For extra tenderness, we pound the tenderloin flat with a meat mallet before frying. Serve atop buttery pasta to make it a meal.
2 large tenderloins or 4 medium sized, pounded to ½" thickness
1 cup flour seasoned with a teaspoon each salt, pepper and garlic powder, and a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Cooked pasta of choice, tossed with melted butter after draining
Oil for frying
Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley for garnish
1 cup champagne or sparkling white wine
1 large or 2 medium shallots, diced
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick salted butter, cut into small pats
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Black pepper to taste
Start by cutting the tenderloins in half if they come from a large deer. Trim away any fat or connective tissue.
Place the tenderloin pieces, one at a time, into a gallon sized ziplock back. Pound the tenderloin flat with a meat mallet. Repeat with remaining tenderloin.
Dredge the flattened tenderloin in the seasoned flour. Heat ½ inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
While the oil heats, start the sauce by combining the shallot, champagne, and vinegar in a medium saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a light boil. Cook 6-8 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by about a third.
While the sauce cooks, fry the tenderloin 3-5 minutes per side until crisp and golden brown. Move the cooked tenderloin to a warm platter and continue cooking until all meat is done.
To finish the sauce, add the heavy cream and reduce the heat. Simmer until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly whisk in the butter a piece at a time. Return the sauce to the warm burner to hold for plating.
To plate, toss cooked angel hair pasta with butter to coat. Pile pasta on a plate, top with fried tenderloin, then spoon over the sauce. Add freshly grated parmesan cheese, if desired, just before serving.
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