Graham Campbell recommends using Highland venison for this comforting venison with celeriac recipe. Highland venison should be sought out for its rich, marbled quality and is classically accompanied by a juniper jus, a mustard-enhanced celeriac remoulade and crispy Pomme Maxine in this evocative dish. Prepare for an indulgent Sunday lunch

Method
1.
Start by making the celeriac remoulade. Peel and julienne the celeriac until you have approximately 200g in weight, reserving the trimmings for the purée
Julienne
Julienne is a precision cut to give a matchstick size finish to a fruit or vegetable - technically 2x2x50mm. However it can be longer to achieve a different finish and texture to a dish
2.
Place the eggs in a mixing bowl and add the sherry vinegar. Whisk together then add the mustard
3.
Slowly whisk in the oil, pouring in a thin, steady stream until all of the oil is incorporated. Add the red wine vinegar then mix the celeriac through the mayonnaise
4.
Store in the fridge until needed. This remoulade will keep for up to 3 days
5.
Tighly wrap a plate with cling film to create a flat layer across the top. Dip the parsley leaves in the oil, rub off any excess and place flat on the cling film-covered plate. Microwave on full power for about 1 minute until the parsley goes crispy
6.
Season with salt and store on absorbent kitchen towel in a dry place until required
7.
Dice the reserved celeriac. Heat a splash of oil and the butter in a pan and slowly cook off the celeriac for approximately 5 minutes. Add the cream and milk and simmer until soft for approximately 20-30 minutes
8.
Transfer the mixture to a blender and blitz into a purée. Pass through a fine strainer and season to taste
9.
Preheat oven to 150˚C/gas mark 2
10.
Peel the potatoes and slice into 2mm thick pieces on a mandolin
11.
Mix the potatoes through the clarified butter to coat. Pour a little of the butter in and around the tart tins and arrange the potato slices so that they are overlapping by 5mm on each slice. Continue around the moulds to resemble a fanned circle
12.
Continue all the way around until the mould is full. Season with salt and place the moulds on an oven tray. Cook for 10-15 minutes until golden, then turn over to achieve a consistent golden finish on the opposite side, approximately 8-10 minutes
13.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and carefully remove them from the moulds. Keep warm until ready to serve
14.
Add a splash of oil to a pan over a low-medium heat. Add the shallots, thyme and juniper berries and leave to sweat
15.
One by one, add the red wine vinegar, red wine, Port and Madeira, with each addition let the liquid reduce until almost dry before adding the next liquid. Finally, add the beef stock and reduce to the desired consistency, much like a thin, rich gravy
16.
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3
17.
Add a small amount of oil to a large frying pan and place over a high heat. Sear the venison all over until a medium, dark brown colour. Reduce the heat, add a little butter to coat the loins and place in the oven for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest
18.
Using a ring mould, create a circle of the remoulade in the centre of each plate. Add the purée and slice the venison into 4 even portions. Arrange the meat next to the remoulade and rest the pomme Maxine between the remoulade and the venison. Pour the hot juniper jus over the top and garnish with the parsley crisps. Serve immediately
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Ingredients

Venison

Celeriac remoulade

Parsley crisps

Celeriac trimmings

  • 100ml of cream
  • 100ml of milk
  • 50g of butter
  • salt
  • vegetable oil

Pomme Maxine

Juniper jus

Equipment

  1. Mandolin
  2. Blender
  3. 4 12cm shallow tart tins

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Venison loin is a princely cut, and is beautifully complemented by a celeriac remoulade, pomme Maxine and juniper jus

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