Pan Roast Venison with Plum Sauce, Sweet Corn Cakes and Crisp Squash Blossoms
- 1/2 pound corn kernels, cooked
- 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons scallion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 1/2 pounds venison leg fillet, trimmed and deveined or venison strip loin
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 8 squash, or pumpkin blossoms*
- Tempura batter, recipe follows
- Oil, for frying
- Plum Demi-glace, recipe follows
- * If blossoms are not available thinly sliced summer squash, or zucchini will substitute nicely
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 egg yolk
- Pinch salt
- Ice water
- 6 ripe purple plums
- 1/2 tablespoons ginger, diced
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup demi-glace
DirectionsPuree 1/2 of the cooked corn in a food processor until smooth.
Mix remaining corn, onions, scallions, garlic, and eggs in a separate bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to corn mixture and blend well.
Let rest, refrigerated, for at least 15 minutes.
Spoon cake mix into a heated, oiled nonstick skillet and spread out to form 2-inch pancakes.
Cook, over medium heat, for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.
Turn over and finish cooking pancakes.
Note: corn pancakes can be made ahead and reheated in a moderate oven.
For the Venison and Squash blossoms: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat a thick, ovenproof skillet until quite hot.
Add just enough oil to coat bottom.
Season venison liberally with salt and pepper.
Place in skillet and brown on 1 side.
Turn venison over and place skillet in oven to finish cooking.
Cook venison to medium rare, about 6 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 135 degrees F.
Heat a deep pot of oil or a fryer to 360 degrees F.
As venison is cooking, gently dip squash blossoms into tempura batter, and fry in oil until crisp and golden.
Remove and drain on paper towels.
Remove venison from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
Slice venison against the grain of the meat and divide onto 4 plates.
Place warm corn cakes above the meat.
Sauce in front, serving remaining sauce on the side.
Garnish with squash blossoms and serve immediately with Plum Demi-glace.
In a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, egg yolk, and salt and mix well.
Add water, starting with 1/2 cup, until batter is a thin pancake batter consistency.
Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and simmer until very soft.
Push through a mesh strainer to remove pulp.
Add demi-glace and keep warm.