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Grilled Venison Chop with Chestnut Twice Baked Potato
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Difficulty Level: Medium
Recipe Id: USA1030

Grilled Venison Chop With Chestnut Twice Baked Potato

Twice baked chestnut potatoes:

  • 4 large idaho baking potatoes
  • 1 lb chestnuts
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 3 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 3 tablespoon chopped parsley

Arctic berry chutney: See recipe

Venison chops

  • 4 venison rib chops
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 allspice seeds
  • 1 tablespoon aquavit or gin

  1. Scrub the potatoes and pat dry. Prick the skins several times with a fork.
  2. Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
  3. Slice chestnuts with a very sharp knife approximately 1/4-inch and place on a roasting pan.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes (may be prepared up to one day in advance).
  5. Peel the chestnuts husks carefully away from the meat.
  6. Combine meats with thyme sprigs and milk in a large saucepan.
  7. Simmer for 8 minutes. Remove thyme, strain chestnuts and reserve.
  8. Cut baked potatoes in half lengthwise.
  9. Scrape out the inside of each potato, leaving approximately 1/4-inch thickness around skin and reserve.
  10. Mash hollowed potato and chestnuts gently with a masher until chunky smooth.
  11. Fold in egg yolk and parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Place filled shells on an ungreased cookie sheet and fill with potato mixture.
  13. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven until golden brown (approximately 8 minutes).
  14. In a deep bowl, marinate venison chop for 24 hours in a marinade of canola oil, allspice and aquavit or gin.
  15. Remove chops from marinade.
  16. Heat grilling pan or cast-iron or other heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat until very hot.
  17. Place chops in pan and sear each side for approximately 5 minutes.

To serve, spoon several tablespoons chutney on plate and place grilled venison chop on top.


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