Venison, chocolate, fig, turnip and Brussels sprouts

  • Main
  • medium
  • 4
  • 1 hour 55 minutes


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Venison jus

Chocolate ganache

To plate

  • 250g of turnip, trimmed to barrel shapes
  • 100g of butter
  • 100ml of chicken stock
  • 12 Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 fresh figs, cut into eight
  • 15g of watercress
  • 1 knob of butter
  • olive oil
Fry the venison trimmings in oil until browned all over then set aside. Fry the shallots and garlic, add the herbs and peppercorns then deglaze the pan with 100ml of vinegar and the wine
Reduce to a syrup, then add the stocks and venison trimmings
Cook for 45 minutes skimming regularly. Adjust the seasoning and freshen with the remaining vinegar if necessary. Stir in the fig purée. Pass through a sieve and chill
In a pan, toast and lightly crush the juniper berries. Separately blend the thyme with the oil. Add the juniper and garlic cloves to the oil
Pour the mixture into a vacuum pack bag with the meat. Leave to marinate while you prepare the other elements of the dish
For the chocolate ganache, put the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil. Add ½ of it to the chocolate, add the butter and beat until fully combined
Add the remaining cream to the chocolate mix and leave to cool. Chill to set
For the venison, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. Sear the venison in oil in a hot pan and then transfer to the oven for 5-10 minutes depending on how you like it cooked
To plate, heat the butter in a pan. Add the turnips and cook until browned on one side, turn over and brown on the other side. Pour in the stock, cover and cook until tender
  • 100g of butter
  • 250g of turnip
  • 100ml of chicken stock
Fry the Brussels sprouts in a little oil until tinged brown. Add a knob of butter and 100ml of water and poach until just tender
  • 12 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 knob of butter
  • olive oil
Spoon the chocolate ganache onto the plate, slice the loins in half and position the two sides of venison on top
Scatter the sprouts, turnips and figs across the plate then drizzle with the jus. Finish with the watercress and serve
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