There is nothing better than putting a meal on the table of the highest quality. We hate to hear about prime meat going to waste, so let us eat and enjoy!
Deer meat has been eaten for thousands of years and although once the preserve of the aristocracy it has recently seen a huge increase in popularity. It’s plentiful, flavoursome and healthy, being low in fat and high in omega 3. Muntjac is Britain’s smallest deer. It has lean sweet meat with a very fine grain, more like lamb than venison, it also has a thick layer of fat over its back which adds to the flavour and keeps it moist. This dish also celebrates beetroots, perfect companions.
4 x 150g boned fillet of Muntjac
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
20g salted butter
2 tablespoons heather honey
Juice of 1 lemon
8 baby red beetroots cleaned & roasted
100ml venison stock
Sprigs of chervil or other fresh herb
Preheat the oven to 200⁰C (Fan 180⁰C).
Trim some fat off the venison fillets. Put the sea salt in an ovenproof frying pan with a knob of butter and set it over a high heat. Place the venison fillets in the pan for 1 minute turning them over to seal on both sides.
Put the fillets in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Once the fillets are cooked, place on a warm plate covering them with another plate upside down.
Remove the fat from the pan and melt the butter with 1 tablespoon of the honey, half the lemon juice and the roasted baby beetroot cut in halves. Place over medium heat for 2 minutes, then remove the beetroots from the pan and set aside.
Put the rest of the honey and lemon juice in the pan with 20ml of water and the venison stock. Let it reduce for 2 minutes.
Slice the venison fillets to your liking and place them on individual plates. Return the beetroots to the pan for 1 minute. Cover the venison fillets with the sauce (or serve the sauce on the side, if you like) and add the beetroots.
Decorate with a sprig of chervil on top or other herb. Enjoy!