Tataki is a very popular Japanese dish that consists of beef (in this case venison) or fish that is seared over a high heat and leaving the center rare. This method is perfect for lean venison which benefits from cooking on the rare side. I serve it atop of sushi rice and a truffled ponzu sauce. If you’ve never had the flavor of truffles paired with venison, you’re in for a special treat!
I call this dish "Meat and Fire", an ode to the history of the Cowboys of the west and how they prepared their meals with little more than meat and fire. We now have all sorts of fancy kitchen gadgets to play with but the heart remains the same. Sous Vide Backstrap with Roasted Poblanos and Corn is a simple dish, but when prepared properly, it celebrates the relationship between the meat, the fire and the fresh brightness of the produce. It will surely remind you and your friends why we work so hard to harvest wild game.