RECIPE: Honey-Roasted Wild Boar Tenderloin & Puréed Peas

Updated: Mar 4

Wild boar is anything but boring when dressed up with a touch of honey and a drizzle of creamy Pea Purée. —INGRAIN, Spring 2019



Pairing Wild boar has a smokey, almost gamey flavor that needs a big beer for balance. We suggest a dry, piney IPA (Goose Island) or go with an IPA like Next Coast IPA (Goose Island) that has more tropical notes.


Serves 6


2 (1 to 1¼ pound each) wild boar tenderloins

Puréed Peas

3 garlic cloves

3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

⅓ cup honey

2 teaspoons chili flakes

Olive oil

Kosher salt


To serve: blackberries + microgreens (handful, optional)


SEASON

Two 1- to 1¼-pound wild boar tenderloins with 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste. Place tenderloins on a rimmed baking sheet.


WHISK

cup honey + 1 to 2 teaspoons chili flakes + 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar + 1 tablespoon olive oil together in a small bowl. Drizzle sauce over the tenderloins.


CUT

Several ¾-inch-wide slashes in the top of each tenderloin. (Do not slice more than 1 inch into the meat.) Thinly slice 2 to 3 garlic cloves + chop leaves from 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme. Divide and tuck into each cavity.


POUR

Olive oil into a large, heavy skillet (enough to lightly coat the surface), and warm skillet over medium-high heat. Sear tenderloins, one at a time, until golden brown on all sides. Cook 10 to 12 minutes for medium rare. Transfer meat to a plate; let rest for 10 minutes.


SLICE

Tenderloins into ½-inch-thick pieces. Gently rewarm Puréed Peas in a nonstick skillet. Spoon the purée onto a platter; arrange meat on top. Drizzle any pan juices over meat, along with a handful of blackberries and microgreens, if you’d like.

PURÉED PEAS


2 bags frozen peas (10 ounces each)

1 large lemon

2 ounces unsalted butter

4 to 6 ounces heavy cream

Sea salt


PREPARE

Ice bath.


BOIL

Medium pot of salted water. Add 2 bags frozen peas (10 ounces each) and simmer for 1 minute. Strain peas, transfer to ice bath, and strain again after 1 minute.


WARM

2 ounces unsalted butter in a small saucepan and transfer to a blender with peas and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Purée, adding enough heavy cream or water to form the consistency of a thick soup. Add more lemon juice and sea salt to taste.


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