50 gmbutter1 tbspolive oil2 piecesvenison strip loin (750gm each), trimmed of sinewSwede and potato gratin120 gm(¾ cup) pine nuts500 ml(2 cups) milk100 mlheavy cream (45% milk fat)6garlic cloves, bruised2 sprigs eachof thyme and rosemary3 large(1.3kg) sebago potatoes, thinly sliced on a mandolin3 large(1.2kg) swedes, thinly sliced on a mandolinFor greasing:butter
For swede and potato gratin, preheat oven to 180C. Scatter pine nuts evenly over a baking tray and roast until golden (4-5 minutes). Combine one-third of pine nuts with milk, cream, garlic and herbs in a large saucepan and cook over a very low heat until infused (20 minutes). Remove from heat, cover and stand for 30 minutes, then strain (discard solids). Place alternate layers of potato, swede and cream mixture in a buttered 2.5-litre-capacity ovenproof dish, seasoning to taste as you go and finishing with a layer of cream mixture. Cover with foil, bake until cooked through (1½-2 hours). Remove foil, cook until gratin is golden and liquid has evaporated (20-30 minutes). Set aside to rest for 20 minutes and keep warm.
Heat a large ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil, and when foaming add venison, season to taste, cook until golden, turning once (1-2 minutes each side). Transfer to oven, roast to medium-rare (3-5 minutes), cover and rest 10 minutes.
Thickly slice venison, season to taste, scatter with remaining pine nuts and serve with swede and potato gratin.
This recipe is from the July 2009 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.