Roasted Venison with Pommes Maxim and Sauce Grand Venuer
From late fall and throughout winter, Cervena venison is the Jordan game of choice. This venison is lean, nuanced and a new experience for most. Sauce Grand Venuer, or huntsman’s sauce, has berry notes that highlight our fruit-forward Cabernet. The Pommes Maxim recipe is an homage to my mentor, Chef Udo Nechutnys. The Peruvian potato is my twist on his recipe. Braised chestnuts and endive are a traditional accompaniment to this dish.
Pair with: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
For the Venison
Preheat oven to 375°. In a cast iron skillet, heat oil to a shimmer. Season chops with salt and pepper and sear to a rich brown on one side. Turn and finish in the oven until an instant read thermometer reads 130°. Allow venison to rest for five minutes before plating.
For the Sauce
Preheat oven to 450°. Heat an eight-quart sauce pot over medium high heat and add the peanut oil. When the pot is hot, cook the bones briefly and then transfer to the oven. Allow the bones to brown in the oven, about twenty to thirty minutes.
Carefully remove pot from the oven, pour off fat. Add the butter and the shallots, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, parsley and tomato paste. Sauté until the vegetables begin to turn golden brown. Deglaze the pot with the vinegar and wine and cook down until nearly dry.
Add veal and chicken stocks and reduce to desired consistency (approximately two cups).
To finish, add crushed peppercorns, cream and lingonberries and reduce the sauce over medium low heat for an additional fifteen minutes.
For the Pommes Maxim
Heat oil to 365°. Peel and slice potatoes into paper thin disks and hold between paper towels until ready to assemble. Overlap slices to form a circle and fry until edges just begin to brown. Remove from oil and season immediately with salt and pepper. This may be cooked up to one hour prior to serving and reheated in a 350° oven.