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Venison Gratin, Buttered Tagliatelle with Roasted Tomato Sauce

VENISON GRATIN, BUTTERED TAGLIATELLE & ROASTED VEGETABLE SAUCE

I had a bit of venison, and a craving for pasta...this seemed a natural solution. Crispy bread crumbs mixed with salty parmesan is perfect on a nice juicy piece of meat! Then the deep flavours of roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic, sweet and tangy at the same time make a really nice contrast to the whole dish yet it is all harmonious. Dig in!

Here's what you'll need

  • 4 venison steaks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 big tomatoes
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ½ package tagliatelle (or make your own with this recipe
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • fresh parsley to garnish
  • olive oil to cook with
  • salt and pepper
  1. peel and cut the onion into quarters leaving the root attached, then cut tomatoes into 1 inch slices

  2. season with salt, pepper and pinch of sugar and toss in olive oil

  3. VENISON & ROASTED ONION DOUGH BALLS
  4. wrap the whole head of garlic in a bit of foil

  5. place the onion quarters, tomatoes and garlic onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated °300 oven for about an hour or until they're soft and starting to caramelize

  6. VENISON & ROASTED ONION DOUGH BALLS
    VENISON & ROASTED ONION DOUGH BALLS
  7. cut the root off the onion and rough chop them (as big or small as you like), chop the tomatoes and squeeze out the garlic cloves and mash them with the side of a knife or spoon

  8. VENISON & ROASTED ONION DOUGH BALLS
  9. pop the mixture into a blender and whiz it up, pour into a pot and keep warm

  10. meanwhile, boil the pasta as the directions on the package

  11. in a bowl, mix the bread crumbs in some olive oil (or butter, or both), parmesan and some fresh chopped parsley...set aside

  12. VENISON & ROASTED ONION DOUGH BALLS
  13. get a sautee pan (cast iron if you have it) really hot, season the venison really well with salt and pepper and brush with a bit of oil

  14. pop the venison in and sear for about 2 minutes or until the steak comes away from the pan easily, without tearing

  15. top the steak with the bread crumb mixture and toss under the broiler in your oven (but only for 2 minutes at the most) remove and set aside to rest for a minute

  16. meanwhile, toss the cooked noodles in butter, parsley and fresh cracked black pepper (add a bit of the pasta cooking water to make the sauce come together and thicken slightly)

  17. on a warmed plate, pool the sauce, top with pasta and then the venison and grate on some fresh parmesan

  18. VENISON & ROASTED ONION DOUGH BALLS
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