Kenny Tutt’s Roast Venison Loin & Beetroots with Black Garlic & Rosemary
Sustainable wild game such as venison really is a conscientious choice of meat with little or no contact with people during its life and freedom to roam its natural flora-rich pastures. This sharing dish is a really luxurious heart-warming treat. Cooking to the right temperature is so critical as the loin has almost no fat, meaning it can easily dry out if overdone. The beautiful rich venison pairs perfectly with the sticky, earthy beetroots. It’s great with buttery mash or roasted new potatoes and a dash of red wine gravy or the resting juices.
Prep: 15-20 mins
Cook: Best served medium rare temperature of 53-55°C
For the venison
600g-700g venison loin, trimmed to remove fat or sinew
2-3 sprigs of thyme
Ground black pepper
Splash of oil
For the black garlic beetroot
500g of ready-cooked beetroots
1 tbsp black garlic paste
2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
3-4 sprigs of rosemary
Pinch of salt
1. Heat your oven to 180°C/350°F
2. Let the venison come up to room temperature. This allows the meat to cook evenly.
3. Whilst the oven is preheating cut each beetroot into 4-6 wedges and arrange in a roasting tin.
4. Mix the remaining beetroot ingredients and pour over the beetroot. Season well and toss together so all the beetroot is thoroughly coated in the dressing.
5. Roast for 20-25 minutes until the beetroot is sticky and glazed.
6. Whilst the beetroot is cooking, oil the venison with vegetable or rapeseed oil and season well with salt and black pepper.
7. Heat a heavy based oven safe pan or a seasoned skillet to a medium high heat. Add the venison and brown all over. Add the butter and the thyme and baste the meat with the foaming butter a few times
8. Place the pan in the oven and after 7-10 minutes probe the venison with your Thermapen. The internal temperature should reach 55°C for a perfect medium rare.
9. When you hit 55°C remove from the oven and place the venison on a plate to rest for 10 minutes. Keep the resting juice for a sauce.
10. Slice the venison into 2cm/¾ in slices and serve with the roasted beets, your choice of potatoes and some leafy greens.
To make a very quick but delicious sauce mix the resting juices with 200ml of beef or veal stock, a dash of port and reduce by half. Stir in 1 tbsp of red currant or blackberry jelly and a small knob of butter to finish.
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