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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Venison Medallions with Mushroom Tart

The following tart recipe will make eight small tarts. We used eight 10cm loose bottomed fluted tart tins. You can instead use one 30cm tart/flan tin.



1 packet of flaky pastry
3 eggs
1 tub of ricotta
3 tablespoons of flat leafed parsley, chopped
6-8 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
5 portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of dried Shitake mushrooms (available at most Asian supermarkets, we got ours from New Save Asian Supermarket next to Foodtown in central Hamilton)
1/3 of a cup of dried Chanterelles (from 'La Cave' French shop in Hillcrest, Hamilton)
1/3 of a cup of self raising flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of olive oil spread (we used Olivio light)
Salt & pepper

Re hydrate the dried mushrooms in boiling water. You are aiming to finish up with around 5 cups of mushrooms all together. Set aside to cool.
Heat the olive oil spread in a frying pan and cook the sliced fresh mushrooms until well cooked and starting to brown. Cool the mushrooms.
Put ricotta, eggs and herbs in to a large bowl. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and then add the mushrooms. Mix the mushrooms in gently, you don't want to turn your tart mixture grey.
Pre heat your oven to 200C. Oil your tart tins, line with pastry and bake blind for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and stand while you finish the filling. Turn oven down to 180C.
Mix in the flour and baking powder to your tart mix and fill your tarts. Cook until set. Small tarts take around 20 minutes a large tart could take up to 40 minutes.

While the tarts are cooking prepare the venison and sauce (the sauce below makes enough to serve 3 people).

2 venison medallions per person
1/2 a cup of red wine (we used Penfold's 'Rawson's Retreat' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006)
1/2 a cup of liquid beef stock
2 bay leaves
A sprig of fresh flat leafed parsley
Butter
Flour

Sear your venison in a hot pan, the same pan the mushrooms were cooked in (don't wash the pan after cooking the mushrooms).
When the medallions are nicely browned but still quite rare place them on a baking tray and cover with foil. Place in the oven with the tarts. Deglaze the pan with the red wine and then add stock and herbs. Reduce the sauce a little over a med-high heat, the sauce should be rapidly simmering. after around 10 mins remove the herbs and thicken your sauce with a buerre manier. The buerre manier is simply 2 teaspoons of flour and a teaspoon of butter made in to a paste and then added to the sauce. Cook for a further 2-3 mins until taste and texture are as you want them. Strain the sauce to remove any bits of mushroom or venison.
Serve with the tarts and steamed asparagus. Enjoy.

1 Comments:

At 9:38 PM, Blogger startrekker said...

I find it difficult to believe you haven't cooked anything interesting since your last post. Are you wasting away?

 

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