Rich chocolate venison casserole

Tags: main dish, fancy, hearty, made, English
Dark chocolate does not add sweetness; rather, it adds a deep richness and also thickens the sauce. But you must use chocolate with at least 75% cocoa solids, so you get an intense cocoa blast with no sweetness at all.
. Serves 8-10. 14 steps
2 large onions peel, chop gently fry 10 minutes until softened remove with slotted spoon, set aside   Stir well, bring to simmer, cover tightly. Cook at Gas Mark 2 for 2 hours. Do not open the oven, even for a peek.
5 cloves garlic chop
4 leeks wash, chop
6-8 tablespoons olive oil oil Fry in batches over high heat until browned all over, adding more oil if necessary
3 tablespoons flour toss
2kg venison or beef diced
570ml game or beef stock hot
225ml red wine
8 sprigs fresh thyme
salt and pepper
40g dark chocolate chopped   Remove from oven, stir in chocolate, return to oven 15-20 minutes. Serve piping hot.
I found that the meat became dry, perhaps because of the wine.
Serve with baked root vegetables.