BRAISED WALLABY SHANK WITH GOATS CHEESE SOUFFLE

INGREDIENTS

SHANKS

  • 4 x wallaby shanks

  • Sea salt/fresh ground white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano

  • 6 garlic cloves

  • 3 cinnamon quills

  • Skin of 1 orange/1 lemon

  • 60ml balsamic vinegar

  • 170ml dry white wine

  • 1 large carrot (cut into mirepoix)

  • 3 celery sticks (cut into mirepoix)

  • 1 medium onion (cut into mirepoix)

  • 1 leek (cut into mirepoix)

  • 1 litre reduced brown Veal Stock

ONION COMPOTE

  • 100gm butter

  • 100gm Kaiserfleisch or bacon, julienned.

  • 6 onions thinly sliced

  • 50ml honey

  • 50ml sherry vinegar

GOAT CHEESE SOUFFLE

  • 60g butter

  • 60g plain flour

  • 350ml warm milk

  • 75gm goats cheese

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh parmesan

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, chervil)

  • 3 egg yolk

  • Salt/pepper

  • 4 egg white

SWEET POTATO FOR BASE

  • 200g sweet potato (cut into even large pieces)

  • pinch sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • pinch nutmeg

  • 50g soft butter

SAUCE ARABICA

  • 1 onion finely diced

  • 1 carrot finely diced

  • 1 stick celery finely diced

  • 1 leek finely diced

  • 1.5 litres braising liquor from wallaby

  • 1.5 litres Veal jus

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 sprigs Thyme

  • 1 head garlic, halved across

  • 1 cup crushed Arabica coffee beans

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • 100g butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Shanks: In a mortar/pestle crush the sea salt, pepper, coriander seeds, star anise, herbs and 1 clove of garlic.

  2. Rub the mix over the wallaby shanks (after you have removed the small piece of sinew from the meat nearest the bone). Set aside.

  3. Heat some olive oil and fry off the mirepoix until lightly browned. Set aside.

  4. Seal off the shanks in the same pan, brown on all sides- remove.

  5. Add mirepoix back to pan along with cinnamon quill, orange and lemon skin and remaining garlic cloves.

  6. Brown till quite dark (not burnt) and deglaze with balsamic and white wine, scrape any sediment from the bottom.

  7. Place the vegetable base in the bottom of the braising pan and lay shanks on top. Cover with Veal Stock and cook slowly – (150 °) for about 3 hours or until tender.

  8. When meat is ‘falling off the bone’ remove and set aside in a cool room until reasonably cold.

  9. Strain the cooking juices, skim and reduce by half. Set aside for sauce.

  10. Onion compote: Melt butter in honey based saucepan, add bacon and onion and cook, covered, for 5 minutes until onions start to wilt.

  11. Remove the lid and reduce to a very low simmer for about 3 hours, stirring regularly to prevent sticking.

  12. Remove from heat, stir in honey and vinegar and season to taste.

  13. Souffle: Melt butter in saucepan and add flour, cook to white roux – cool slightly

  14. Add milk stirring all the while to form a sauce, boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  15. Mash goat cheese until soft and add to sauce with chopped herbs and Parmesan. Allow to cool slightly.

  16. Fold in yolks and check seasoning.

  17. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until creamy. Fold quickly into cheese mixture.

  18. Sweet potato: Roast peeled sweet potato with olive oil and sea salt until nicely coloured and cooked through.

  19. Drain oil and puree in food processor with nutmeg and butter. Set aside.

  20. Sauce: Fry off the vegetables in a little olive oil until dark

  21. Add the herbs and garlic

  22. Pour over the braising liquor and veal jus

  23. Bring to boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours

  24. Strain, reduce by half and add coffee beans and infuse 1 hour

  25. Strain again, ad lemon juice and diced ‘cold butter’ just before serving

  26. Shred wallaby with fingers from bone and mix with a little Sauce Arabica to bind.

  27. In the bottom of 4 cooked shortcrust tart shells place a good spoonful of onion compote, top with wallaby and chill

  28. Make up a soufflé mix and top each tart steel with this, bake 5 minutes.

  29. Place cooked tart on a spoonful of sweet potato mash

  30. Surround with Sauce Arabica, serve at once.

NOTES: The Soufflé mix is sufficient for 5 x 150ml Soufflé dishes. Souffle topping is done last and is spooned over tart shell. Bake at 180°C for about 5 minutes, depending on size of tart.

Arabica Sauce recipe will make at least 1 litre of sauce. If you wish to freeze it, leave out the butter until service.