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Medallions of Fallow Deer with Green Caramelized Apples
Makes 10 Servings
*Extra virgin olive oil
*Veal or venison bones
*1 tbls. tomato paste
*2 cups mirepoix (combination of celery, carrots and onion, chopped)
*Bouquet garni
*3 shallots, finely diced
*2 cups red wine
*1/2 cup port
*Salt and pepper to taste
*3 medallions of fallow deer (baby venison)
*2 tbls. clarified butter
*1 tbls. powdered sugar
*1 Granny Smith apple, carved into six segments and shaped like a 1/4 moon
*Bone marrow
*6 baby carrots, cleaned, peeled and cooked
*6 asparagus tips, cleaned, peeled and cooked
1To prepare the sauce: In a large saucepan, use a small amount of oil to saute the veal or venison bones (to make homemade stock). When they have a rich, dark brown color, add the tomato paste, mirepoix, bouquet garni and drain off the oil. Put bones back in the pan and add 2 1/2 quarts of water and cook for one hour.
2In another pan, saute finely diced shallots, wine and port and let the liquid reduce until it is almost all evaporated. Then add the stock to the wine reduction and cook for another 40 minutes. Pass through a chinois and salt and pepper to taste. (This amount of sauce will be good for 8-10 people.)
3To prepare the Fallow Deer: Salt and pepper the medallions. Put in saute pans with a little oil and cook over medium-high heat to rare or medium rare. I do not suggest you go over medium rare. When done, let rest.
4In another saute pan, put 2 tablespoons butter and powdered sugar and saute the apples for 25 seconds, until they are golden in color. Check the tenderness with a paring knife.
5To present: Place the medallions like three petals pointing out from the center of the plate. On top of each medallion, place a dollop of bone marrow. Between the outer tips of the medallions, place two pieces of apple curving outward like wings. Between the arch of the apples, place one baby carrot inside of two asparagus tips. In the center of the plate, put just one tablespoon of the sauce.
Executive Chef Julian Serrano, Picasso at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV