“This is my British spin on classic beef carpaccio, made with gorgeous seared venison. Give your butcher a bit of notice and I’m sure he’ll have no problem getting hold of a little venison for you. It isn’t that expensive and it’s really tasty. ”
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil , plus extra for brushing
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 kg boned venison loin
2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish
200 ml half-fat crème fraîche
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
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Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Toss the unpeeled shallots in the olive oil, season with sea salt and black pepper, and place them in a shallow baking dish with the thyme sprig. Cover tightly with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until soft.
Meanwhile, preheat a heavy griddle pan that’s large enough to hold the venison comfortably. If your griddle pan is too small, cut the venison into 2 pieces and grill it in 2 batches.
Remove all the fat and any sinew from the venison, season well, and brush with olive oil. Place on the hot griddle and sear and brown all over – about 2 to 3 minutes. Take out of the pan and place on a plate to cool for about 30 minutes.
Mix the horseradish into the crème fraîche. Season it well with salt, pepper and the vinegar.
Finely chop the rosemary and finely grate the zest of the orange.
Thinly slice the venison with a sharp carving knife and lay 3 slices on each plate. Peel some of the warm shallots, tear them in half and lay a piece on top of each piece of venison. Dollop a little horseradish crème fraîche on top and sprinkle the plates with the rosemary and orange zest before serving.