Venison dumplings

Venison dumplings

This is a great party recipe, and although it does require a bit of time to prepare, it will be a guaranteed winner. You can make a bigger batch of the mix and freeze some for another time. Serve with a sweet chutney or relish.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


Dumpling mix

  • 140 grams braised venison
  • 100 ml beef stock
  • 2 gelatine leaves
  • 1 gram agar-agar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 litre vegetable oil

Dumpling batter

  • 120 grams flour
  • 20 grams caster sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 grams baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 0,5 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water


Game dumpling mix

  • Finely chop the braised venison. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk the agar-agar into the stock and bring to the boil. Add the gelatine, stir well, and leave in the fridge to set.
  • Once set, blitz in a kitchen blender until smooth. Mix the jellied stock with the braised venison.
  • Set in round moulds or ice cube trays and stick a toothpick in each, about halfway in. Freeze overnight.

Game dumpling batter

  • Mix the flour, caster sugar, salt and baking soda.
  • Mix the eggs with honey and water. Combine and whisk until the batter is completely smooth.
  • Leave in the fridge until needed.

Cooking the dumplings

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan and turn your oven to 180°C. Dip the frozen game mix in the batter, then carefully transfer into the hot oil.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden.
  • Place in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with a chutney-style condiment.


Recipe supplied by Jake Leach, head chef at the Harwood Arms
Working alongside Brett Graham for many years has inspired him to strive for sustainability and locality in his dishes, which is prevalent at the Harwood Arms. Jake and the team are consistently exploring ways in which they can source ingredients more sustainably, and pride themselves on having a menu that is almost purely sourced from Britain, including meat and game supplied by Brett himself.
It’s with the newly developed menu and a focus on sustainability that Jake aims to continue building the great relationships with both the local community and new faces.