Delicious skewers with a dash of BenRiach

(Photo: Jacqui Walker)

Venison or Turkey Apricot Skewers with Mild Curry Mayonnaise (makes 8 medium skewers)

Ingredients Instructions
  • 500g Venison Haunch or Turkey Breast cut into pieces for skewers
  • 8 medium skewers
  • 100g dried apricots cut in half
  • 25ml BenRiach 10 Classic
  • For the marinade - 150g dried apricots
  • 300ml apple juice
  • 25ml BenRiach 10 Classic
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp mild curry powder
  • 8g salt
  • For the curry mayonnaise - 100ml good mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • For the marinade - Bring the apricots and apple juice to the boil, and let them cook until the apricots are soft(approx 10 minutes). Transfer this to a blender and puree.
  • Fry shallots in a pan until translucent, then add the bay leaves, garlic, curry powder and cook for 4 minutes. Add the puréed apricot and the salt and cook for a further 5 minutes. Take off the heat and add the whisky. Add some water if the marinade is too thick, you want the mixture to be the consistency of tomato sauce.
  • When cool, transfer to a sealable zipper bag or similar with the meat, mix them together making sure the meat is covered in the marinade and refrigerate for 24 hours to marinade.
  • Making the skewers: An hour before assembly, remove marinating meat from fridge to come to room temperature and soak apricots in hot water and whisky.
  • Half an hour before you can put the skewers (if wood) into water to soak.
  • To assemble simply thread a combination of meat and apricots (recommended 2 per skewer) onto the skewers and set aside.
  • When ready to cook, heat the oven to 180C/350F and place a roasting tray inside the oven. Bring a pan up to a high heat on the hob (preferably cast iron skillet) and lightly oil.
  • Sear the skewers on the pan/skillet, making sure there is plenty of room between them. Cook each skewer for roughly 3 minutes on each side or until there’s a nice caramelisation of the marinade and then transfer the skewers to the hot tray in the oven to continue their cooking. Cook for approximately 6 minutes until cooked through. You can check using a sharp knife in the thickest part of the skewer.
  • Serve skewers alongside curry mayonnaise.
  • For the curry mayonnaise: Mix the ingredients together, add more curry powder or lemon juice to taste.