Chefs' Recipes

Analiese Gregory's wallaby tartare with anchovy dressing

It's loosely based on a Stephanie Alexander recipe for kangaroo and anchovy vinaigrette.

By Analiese Gregory
  • 20 mins preparation
  • Serves 4 - 6
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"We get great wallaby off a hunter on Bruny Island. Because I hadn't worked with this meat before moving here, I initially looked for inspiration and combinations from other chefs," says Analiese Gregory, chef of Franklin restaurant. "This dish is (loosely) based on an old Stephanie Alexander recipe where she pairs barbecued kangaroo with an anchovy vinaigrette." This recipe also works well with beef or venison. The anchovy dressing makes double what you need, but will keep refrigerated for three days and can be used to dress salads.

Ingredients

  • 300 gm wallaby topside (see note), cut into 5mm dice
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 2 golden shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pickled gooseberries (see note), or pickled zucchini, pickled onions or dill pickles, to serve
  • Salad leaves and edible flowers such as wall rocket, to serve
Anchovy dressing
  • 25 gm anchovy fillets, preferably Cuca brand
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ dill pickle, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ garlic clove
  • 125 ml (½ cup) grapeseed oil

Method

  • 1
    For anchovy dressing, blend ingredients, except oil, in a small food processor until smooth. With the processor running, add oil, starting with a few drops at a time, then in a thin steady stream until emulsified. Anchovy dressing will keep refrigerated for 3 days.
  • 2
    Place wallaby, chives, shallot and olive oil in a bowl, season to taste and toss to combine well. Stir in a little anchovy dressing to coat and divide among serving plates. Serve with extra dressing to taste, and topped with pickles, salad leaves and flowers.

Notes

Wallaby is available from select butchers that stock game meats, such as samthebutcher.com.au – it needs to be ordered ahead. Substitute beef or venison. When gooseberries are in season over summer Gregory pickles them in 3 parts water, 2 parts cider vinegar and 1 part sugar or honey. This 3:2:1 ratio also works well for pickling other fruit, such as grapes.
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