1/2 pound corn kernels, cooked
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped scallion
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 pounds venison leg fillet or venison strip loin, trimmed and deveined
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
8 squash or pumpkin blossoms* (See Cook's Note)
Tempura batter, recipe follows
Oil, for frying
Plum Demi-glace, recipe follows
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 egg yolk
6 ripe purple plums
1/2 tablespoons diced ginger
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup demi-glace
Venison and Squash Blossoms:
Puree 1/2 of the cooked corn in a food processor until smooth. Mix remaining corn, onions, scallions, garlic, and eggs in a separate bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add dry ingredients to corn mixture and blend well. Let rest, refrigerated, for at least 15 minutes.
Spoon cake mix into a heated, oiled nonstick skillet and spread out to form 2-inch pancakes. Cook, over medium heat, for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden. Turn over and finish cooking pancakes.
Note: corn pancakes can be made ahead and reheated in a moderate oven.
For the Venison and Squash blossoms: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat a thick, ovenproof skillet until quite hot. Add just enough oil to coat bottom. Season venison liberally with salt and pepper. Place in skillet and brown on 1 side. Turn venison over and place skillet in oven to finish cooking. Cook venison to medium rare, about 6 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 135 degrees F.
Heat a deep pot of oil or a fryer to 360 degrees F.
As venison is cooking, gently dip squash blossoms into tempura batter, and fry in oil until crisp and golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.
Remove venison from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
Slice venison against the grain of the meat and divide onto 4 plates. Place warm corn cakes above the meat. Sauce in front, serving remaining sauce on the side. Garnish with squash blossoms and serve immediately with Plum Demi-glace.
In a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, egg yolk, and salt and mix well. Add water, starting with 1/2 cup, until batter is a thin pancake batter consistency.
Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and simmer until very soft. Push through a mesh strainer to remove pulp. Add demi-glace and keep warm.
*If blossoms are not available thinly sliced summer squash or zucchini will substitute nicely
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