Paggi House's Espresso-Rubbed Venison Tenderloin

“Parsnips and coffee play a role in this Texas haute cuisine venison dish created by Shane Stark, executive chef at Paggi House, Austin, Texas. Tastes like a million dollars but is surprisingly inexpensive if your hunter's been successful. From the Austin Statesman. Cooking time approximate.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Season the venison with salt and then dredge in the espresso.
  3. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Sear the venison on all sides, being careful not to scorch the espresso.
  5. Remove from the pan and roast in the oven for 6-7 minutes until rare.
  6. Let it rest before slicing.
  7. While venison is cooking, clean out saute pan; add the figs and balsamic vinegar.
  8. Cook over medium heat until figs are tender.
  9. Add veal demi and reduce by 1/4.
  10. Stir in butter, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  11. For the parsnip puree: In a medium saucepan, combine parsnips, vanilla, cream and butter.
  12. Bring to simmer.
  13. When parsnips are tender, drain and reserve the cream mixture.
  14. Press parsnips through potato ricer and add diced russet potatoes.
  15. Mix in cream mixture a little at a time until smooth and creamy.
  16. Keep warm and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  17. For the wilted chard: In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  18. Add shallots.
  19. Add the chard and toss in the pan.
  20. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  21. Drain in colander before serving.

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