Spiced venison with pear chutney and sweet spicy parsnip chips


For the pear chutney
For the venison
For the parsnip chips
To serve

Preparation method

  1. For the pear chutney, heat a frying pan until hot. Add all the chutney ingredients to the pan and stir to mix well.

  2. Cook for 5-8 minutes until the pears have softened.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly. Set aside.

  4. For the venison, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  5. Wrap the venison in cling film, without covering the ends to form a sausage-shape. Slice into four pieces.

  6. Heat a frying pan until hot, add the oil and sear the cut ends of each piece of venison (not allowing the cling film to touch the pan).

  7. Remove the venison from the pan, place onto a baking tray and discard the cling film from the venison.

  8. Mix together the mustard and honey in a small bowl. Stir in the ginger, sesame seeds and coriander seeds. Brush the venison liberally with the mustard-honey paste.

  9. Place into the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes, depending on how well-done you like your meat.

  10. Remove the meat from the oven, cover with aluminium foil and rest the meat in a warm place.

  11. For the parsnip chips, heat the vegetable oil in a deep fat fryer to 190C/375F. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous - do not leave unattended.)

  12. Place the parsnip chips into the fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden-brown and tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  13. Meanwhile, place the honey into a small saucepan and add salt, lemon thyme and crushed black pepper to taste. Heat the mixture over a low heat.

  14. Drizzle the honey over the parsnips and mix well.

  15. To serve, divide the venison between four serving plates. Place a pile of parsnip chips on the side with a spoonful of chutney. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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