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Ross Stovold recipe: Venison Carpaccio

Ross Stovold recipe: Venison Carpaccio - Chef at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Ross Stovold gives us his wonderful recipe for Venison Carpaccio

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Published: September 11, 2015
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1.For the carpaccio, remove the loins from the saddle and trim any excess sinew from the meat. In an extremely hot pan evenly seal the loin. Don’t season the meat yet as this will just scorch in the heat. While cooling, roll the loin in onion ash. This is simply barbequed onions (until they reach a blackened state), dried out and blended to a powder. Finally wrap tightly in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

2.Making Scots Pine powder: Collect the branches from a medium sized tree - take care not to damage the tree allowing the clipping to grow back. Remove the needles and infuse 500g in 1 litre of rapeseed oil at 20°C for two days. When infused strain the oil and mix a small amount with tapioca maltodextrina to create the pine powder.

3.Making the Bramble dressing: Select the least ripe berries (but not the ones that are still red), cover in salt for 2 hours and rinse. Boil equal amounts of water, sugar and white wine vinegar, allow to cool slightly, pour over the brambles and steep. This can be kept for months in a clean, sterilised jar.

4.Reindeer moss isn’t available to all so could be exchanged for cabbage or kale. Once collected (be extremely careful to make sure it’s the right species) soak in water and sterilising tablets for 15 minutes and then well rinse, spin in a salad spinner and dry. Once dried, deep fry it at 160°C and dust it with cep powder as soon as it leaves the oil. Cep powder is all the large ceps we have picked, dried and blended into a powder to use all year round.

5.For the chanterelles, simply cook them very gently in an emulsion of water and butter - making sure they retain some texture.

6.To assemble the dish, thinly slice the carpaccio and season with juniper salt, (dried juniper blended with sea salt). Arrange the moss on the plate and drape the venison around this. Place the rest of the elements around the moss, including the mushroom emulsion so that the diner gets all the elements on their fork when they eat it. Finish with scattered wood sorrel.

• The Isle of Eriska Hotel has been shortlisted in the forthcoming Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards which take place on 23 October 2015. 

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  • One saddle of venison
  • 10 onions
  • 500g Scots pine needles
  • 1 litre rapeseed oil
  • Maltodextrina tapioca powder
  • 200g brambles
  • 50g water
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g white wine vinegar
  • Reindeer moss or 1 small cabbage
  • 100g chanterelles
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