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Fallow deer, pumpkin, passion fruit and smoked sauce grand veneur

Fallow deer, pumpkin, passion fruit and smoked grand veneur

Fallow deer, pumpkin, passion fruit and smoked sauce grand veneur

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1
Begin by placing the chocolate in a Bradley smoker, leaving it to cold-smoke for 2 hours
  • 70g of 75% dark chocolate
2
Meanwhile, make a venison jus for the sauce grand veneur. Place a large pan over a high heat with a splash of oil, add the chopped venison bones and cook until caramelised
  • 1 dash of oil
  • 1.5kg venison bones, chopped
3
Add the shallots, thyme and black pepper and allow the shallots to caramelise, then deglaze the pan with 400ml of the chicken stock and reduce by three-quarters
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 0.4l chicken stock, plus extra to cover
4
Add another 400ml of stock, reduce again, then repeat again with the remaining 400ml of stock. Transfer to a pressure cooker, top up with enough extra chicken stock to cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  • 0.8l chicken stock, plus extra to cover
5
While the venison jus is reducing begin to prepare the sauce grand veneur. Add a little oil to a separate pan and sweat down the shallots with the thyme, garlic and peppercorns. Pour in the Madeira and reduce to a glaze, then add the Port and reduce again
  • 1 dash of oil
  • 3 shallots, finely sliced
  • 10g of thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 375ml of Madeira
  • 375ml of port
6
Pass the jus through a fine sieve into a clean pan and reduce down to a sauce-like consistency. Weigh out 400ml and add this to the sauce, then pass the liquid through a fine sieve into a clean pan. Reduce down to a sauce-like consistency and stir in the smoked chocolate until melted. Set aside and keep warm until ready to serve
7
For the pomme soufflé, wash and peel the potatoes before slicing lengthways into 6 even slices approximately 6mm thick. Pat the slices dry with paper towel
  • 2 large potatoes
8
Fill a pan a quarter full with vegetable oil and heat to 110°C. Fill another pan almost to the top with vegetable oil and heat carefully to 200°C, maintaining the temperatures in both pans
  • vegetable oil, for frying
9
Add the potato slices to the pan with the 110°C oil and shake constantly until they start to puff up slightly. Transfer the slices one by one into the 200°C oil using spoons or tongs, frying until puffed and golden. Remove and place on greaseproof paper to cool, then wrap in cling film and place in the fridge
10
For the pumpkin confit, peel the pumpkin and cut in half. Scoop out the seeds and sinews, then cut twelve small curved wedges, reserving the rest of the flesh for the purée
  • 1kg pumpkin, Delica variety
11
Add the salted butter to a deep pan and place over a moderate heat to melt, not allowing it to boil. Add the pumpkin wedges to the pan and cook in the hot butter for 20–30 minutes until soft and fondant-like, then cool and chill until ready to serve
  • 200g of salted butter
12
Preheat a water bath to 65°C
13
Remove all sinew from the venison loin, slice into six portions and season well with salt. Seal the portions in vacuum bags and cook in a water bath for 20–30 minutes depending on the size of the portions
  • 1 venison loin, preferably fallow deer
  • salt
14
Preheat a steam oven to 100°C
15
Meanwhile, prepare the pumpkin purée. Dice 600g of the remaining pumpkin flesh into small pieces and seal in a vacuum bag with the butter and salt. Place into the steam oven and cook until soft
  • 100g of butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
16
Once cooked, transfer the softened pumpkin to a blender and blitz until smooth. Scoop out the seeds from the passion fruit, add to the purée and blend again. Season to taste and set aside
  • 6 passion fruits
17
Add a few knobs of butter to a large frying pan and place over a moderate heat until the butter begins to foam. Remove the venison portions from the vacuum bags and sear in the hot butter until caramelised. Set aside to rest, reserving the juices from the pan
  • butter
18
While the venison is resting, add a little butter to a frying pan and warm through the confit pumpkin wedges. Roughly chop together the toasted pumpkin seeds and mixed herbs to create a rough crumb and spread out on a plate. Remove the pumpkin wedges from the pan and roll in the crumb mixture to coat
  • 100g of pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
  • 10g of mixed herbs, such as parsley, tarragon and chives
19
For the pomme soufflé, heat a pan a quarter filled with oil to 210°C. Remove the potato slices from the fridge and fry in the hot oil, basting in the pan until puffed up and crisp on the outside. Remove from the pan and drain quickly on kitchen paper, seasoning generously with salt
  • salt
20
To serve, carve the venison portions in half and place two pieces on each serving plate, arranging two wedges of pumpkin alongside. Add a quenelle of the purée and top with baby basil leaves, then pour over some of the warm sauce grand veneur and finish with the pomme soufflé and a drizzle of pan juices
  • baby basil, to garnish

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Ingredients

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Venison loin

Venison jus

Sauce grand veneur

Pomme soufflé

Pumpkin confit

Pumpkin purée

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