Pete Goffe-Wood cooks with brandy

MARCH 7, 2018

Brandy is enjoyed in many forms – on its own in a brandy balloon, with a single ice-cube, with a mixer such as ginger ale or coke or in a cocktail with myriad ingredients. Chefs are increasingly using this versatile spirit in cooking, but think further than just your grandmother’s Christmas cake. Brandy, with its high alcohol content and strength of flavor, pairs well with creamy sauces, dishes featuring fruit such as apricot, banana or citrus, and spices such as pepper, paprika or chili. It also marries well with nuts.

Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood has created several recipes using premium brandy products, which you can use to wow your guests. 

Grilled Venison Loin, Red Onion Tarte Tatin, Sauce Poivrade

Serves 6

  • 1.2kg Venison loin
  • 180g blanched fine green beans
  • 6 red onion tarte tatin
  • 300ml sauce poivrade

Season the venison loin with salt and pepper and grill to the required degree of doneness. Remove from the grill and leave to rest for five minutes before serving. Warm the blanched beans and plate. Slice the venison loin and arrange the slices on top of the beans. Pour the sauce poivrade over the venison. Serve alongside an onion tart.

Red onion tarte tatin

  • 3 red onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 50g butter
  • 20g sugar
  • 20ml balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 puff pastry disc (aprox 5cm in diameter)

Peel the red onions and roast them whole with the garlic and rosemary in a hot oven until soft. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Cut the onions into quarters. Heat a muffin pan on the stove top. Add a small amount of the butter, sugar and vinegar to each well. Arrange the onions in the butter. Remove the pan from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Place the puff disc on top of the onions and tuck in the sides. Bake the tatin in a hot oven (220°C) for about 20 min or until the pastry is cooked and golden brown. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a plate.

Sauce poivrade

  • 2kg venison bones
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 sticks celery
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 10g tomato paste
  • 500ml red wine
  • 10g rosemary
  • 2tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 50ml balsamic vinegar
  • 60g pancetta, diced
  • 4tbsps green peppercorns
  • 100ml Richelieu 10 brandy

Roast the bones in the oven until dark brown. Put into a stockpot. Roughly chop all the vegetables and herbs, add to the bones and cook until the vegetables begin to colour. Add the tomato paste and fry for five minutes. Deglaze with the red wine. Cover with 5L of water and rest of the red wine.

Bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer. Skim all the fat and impurities off the stock. Cook for four hours, skimming occasionally. Strain the stock and reduce down to 1L. Continue skimming.

In a separate saucepan fry the pancetta until golden brown and crisp. Add the green peppercorns. Add the Richelieu 10 and flambé.  Add the brown sugar and let everything caramelise. Deglaze with the vinegar and then add the stock and reduce to the desired consistency and taste.

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