Black olive-crusted Sika venison with salsify and parsnip

This luxurious venison recipe from Phil Carnegie combines the rich game with the woody flavours of salsify and parsnip, creating a dazzlingly memorable meal. The venison jus takes a good while to prepare, so ensure you give yourself enough time. You can ask your local butcher for venison bones.

First published in 2015





Black olive crust

Venison jus

To plate


For the jus, heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the bones and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until browned all over. Add the onion, carrots, celery and leek and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown
Add the garlic, bouquet garni, wine and stock, stir well and bring to the boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface using a skimmer, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer over a low to medium heat for up to four hours, skimming off the foam from time to time
When the stock has simmered for four hours, strain into a large clean pan and boil until reduced to a syrupy consistency. Set aside until needed
Preheat your grill. First, make the crust. Caramelise the sugar over a medium heat, making sure not to burn it. Add the nuts, mix, then add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the mixture between 2 pieces of silicon paper to about 5mm thick, then cool
Put the salsify and parsnips into two roasting tins and pan roast on top of the stove in 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil and cooked till golden brown and soft
Season the venison and seal in a warm pan with the clarified butter. Add the butter and gently poach for about 6-8 minutes
Take the venison out of the butter and top with the olive crust, making sure it is evenly spread. Place under a very hot grill for about 2 minutes
Place the warm parsnips and salsify onto the plate. Slice the venison and place the slices on top of the vegetables. Quickly blanch the baby onions and the Brussels sprout leaves in salted water. Garnish the plate with some venison jus, the Brussels sprout leaves and baby onions
First published in 2015

Phillip Carnegie comes from a family of chefs - his brother worked in kitchens and his mother prepared food for a nursing home in a village near Alford, where he grew up

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