Roast Venison with Celeriac, Fennel & Truffle Salad

Yield 8
RECIPE Ingredients
  • 3 pounds celery root, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 big pinch salt
  • 1 big pinch coarsely-ground black pepper
  • 2 heads fennel
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed and reserved
  • 3/4 pound green beans
  • 2 pounds Venison Tenderloin, cut into 8 medallions, 4 oz each
  • Olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Black Truffle Oil
  • 1/2 orange, zest and juice
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Recipe notes
In this easy recipe, venison is paired with paprika-roasted celery root and a crisp fennel salad with pomegranate seeds.
RECIPE Preparation
  1. Place the venison in the heated ovenproof pan. Allow it to cook until very brown on the bottom (about 2-4 minutes). Flip the meat and place the pan in the oven. Cook in the oven until medium rare, about 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness.
  2. Remove the meat from the oven, take it out of the pan, and allow it to rest in a warm place for 4 minutes.
  3. Just before serving, drop the green beans in the boiling salted water and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes or until slightly crunchy. Drain, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt.
  4. Distribute the baked celeriac equally among 8 warm plates. Top the celeriac with the cooked green beans.
  5. Slice each portion of venison into 3 or 4 slices and place them on the green beans.
  6. Drain any water off of the fennel and place it in a bowl with the pomegranate seeds. Dress it liberally with the truffle dressing and place on top of the venison.
  7. For the roast celeriac: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the celery root, sesame oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed. Line a baking tray with parchment (or use a pyrex dish) and place the celeriac mixture on it. Bake until soft, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover to keep warm.
  8. For the truffle dressing: Combine all of the ingredients in a clean glass jar and shake until well combined. The dressing can be made the night before and refrigerated; it will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week.
  9. Slice the fresh fennel bulb as thinly as possible across the diameter (not from stem to top). Place in ice cold water to keep crunchy.
  10. Place a pot of salted water on the stovetop over medium heat and bring to a simmer for the green beans.
  11. Heat a large ovenproof heavy bottom sauté pan over high heat. Drizzle the venison in oil and season with salt and pepper.