My hogget was served up by Glenn Laurie, the chef at Royal Saxon who is showcasing a different rare breed beast each Monday night during June for the Roast Collection. All three courses of dinner were roasted starting with baked Diavoletti cheese wrapped in lemon leaves and teamed with roasted chicory. Diavoletti, or “little devil” is an Italian smoked cheese and comes wrapped around a chilli stuffed olive. While there is a lot of room in my heart, and my stomach, for roasted cheese I did think this was cheese overload and the flavours of the chicory did not really work with all that heavy dairy.
|Hogget with artichokes|
Luckily there were no issues with the hogget itself. Hogget is slightly older than traditional lamb, which is a young sheep which has not cut its adult teeth, and so is a bit unfashionable but Laurie wet roasted the hogget so that it fell off the bone and served it on a large platter with artichokes, potatoes and crunchy shards of Italian fried breadcrumbs known as pangrattato. The hogget used was Shropshire Hogget, sourced from Fernley Farms near Daylesford.
To finish dessert was a roasted Howell pear which had been cooked in Dolcetto d’Alba until it was a rich ruby red sitting in a puddle of boozy sauce. To add to the booze factor, Royal Saxon also matches it rare breed roast to three glasses of wine for an additional $25. All the wines were Italian and our favorite was the full bodied Le Cinciole Chianti Classico from Tuscany.
Next on the agenda at the Royal Saxon are Tamworth Pigs on Monday 18 June and Aylesbury Ducks on Monday 25 June. If you don’t feel like sitting down to a rare breed dinner there are plenty of other Roast Collection events on for the rest of the month. I’ll be posting soon about some of the options in country Victoria which I discovered on the weekend and updating you on a cracking crackling class which I’m also going to as part of the festival.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Melbourne Food and Wine.
The Roast Collection festival runs throughout June all around Victoria.
Details: Royal Saxon, 545 Church Street, Richmond 3121 (03 9429 5277)
Damage: Pricey. $65 for three courses and an extra $25 for three matched wines.