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Seeking Recipes for deer meat

 
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Anne, those sound good to me. Thanks for the links. I have a book called "Homemade - How to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products You Would Otherwise Buy" (Reader's Digest). It has several condiments recipes, but none for 57 or A-1 sauce.
 
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I like the taste of good venison. How it's cooked isn't as important to me as the handling before cooking, but I consider this to all be parts of the whole process. If the deer dies suddenly, without having time to be scared and doesn't run a mile before it dies, it will taste better.  If it's not a trophy buck during the rut, it will taste better. Quick field dressing and getting the body heat cooled down help a lot. Cutting the meat off the bone instead of cutting through the bones seems to make it less gamey.

 
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I agree, Ken. A deer running on adrenaline makes the meat really strong. And a smaller deer is much better all around for the freezer. A big deer is only suitable for grinding into burger. We gut and prop open the cavity to start it cooling as soon as possible. Then hang it in the walk-in apple cooler (we live near several orchards) for a whole week before processing the meat. You will have a little bit of dry, jerky looking meat on just the surface of the exposed meat. That doesn't amount to much, just trim it off. Doing it this way makes the meat easier to cut up since it's colder and well drained and it improves the flavor, in my opinion.
 
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Leila Rich wrote:Welcome to permies Mia
We have a different species of deer (red deer), but I assume using the tough cuts of any deer is about the same.
The big thing from my perspective is venison's extremely lean, and a bit of added fat makes a much improved stew.
If that's not your thing, it'll be fine, just a bit 'dryer'.
I don't have a recipe as such, but here's the kind of thing I'd do:

Quantities are completely dependent on how much meat you've got!
Dice carrots, onions and celery
Chop up bacon, fatty pork, pancetta...
Mix some flour, plenty of salt and pepper in a big bowl
Cut the stewing venison into good-sized chunks (say an inch across)
Chuck into the bowl and coat well
Heat up a heavy pan till quite hot, add some vegetable oil or fat and fry the venison in batches so it gets nice and brown.
Don't try and pack too much in at a time or it will 'stew'
Keep  adding the browned meat into a casserole dish, and browning more.
You'll need to keep adding fat.
When it's all done, add more oil to the pan (don't clean it, those meaty flavours are gold!)
fry the pork for a bit, then add veges and turn it down: you want them to caramelise, but slowly.
When they're golden, tip in a bit of red wine, if you like it, otherwise I'd add stock or water.
Scrape the goodies off the pan and tip it all into the casserole dish.
Add a couple of bayleaves, maybe some fresh thyme and a bit of tomato puree.
Cook it slowly for ages, stirring occasionally.
I'd do it in the oven, or even a slow-cooker to avoid burning it.
right at the end, I'd add some garlic, and maybe parsley and serve with mash




Excellent post Leila Rich.
 
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I am trying to use up my older venison.

I made Alton Brown's breakfast sausage recipe using 1/2 Venison and 1/2 ground beef.  It was good but tough.  Next time I think I will use Karen's Patty recipe, instead of the steak sauce and  mustard, I will use Alton's spices.

While searching for recipes I found this one to try also:

http://www.northamericanwhitetail.com/editorial/venison-sausage-recipe/263022#

"With this recipe, I leave out the fat, which is the liquid/moisture content for the sausage. Instead, I replace the fat with the same liquid/moisture using vegetables instead. That way you keep the super healthy aspect of eating venison, and it tastes incredible."


   3 pounds of trimmed venison cut in cubes, almost frozen
   1 pound ground mixed vegetables (instructions below)
   1 cup non-fat dry milk powder, mixed with 2 ounces cold water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt
   2 tablespoons fine ground black pepper
   1 tablespoon ground white pepper
   2 tablespoons fennel seed, ground
   1 teaspoon star anise, ground
   3 tablespoons paprika
   2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
   3 tablespoons marjoram
   2 tablespoons ground bay leaves
   2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
   1 tablespoons mustard powder
   6 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
   1 tablespoon garlic powder
   1 tablespoon onion powder
   1 teaspoon ground ginger

   1 package hog sausage casings
   Grinder

1. Prepare ground vegetables. Start with 3-4 onions, red and green bell peppers, green onions, one head of celery, fresh parsley, fresh basil, and two bulbs fresh fennel. Mix all these and grind/purée to equal 1 pound. Run these vegetables through the grinder first (including the garlic) and then cook the mixture for 15 minutes on medium. If your venison is already ground, use a food processor to finely chop this vegetable mixture and then cook on medium for 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool all the way down to below 40 degrees.

2. Cut and then grind all the venison, using the medium plate.

3. Mix all the other ingredients together except for the powdered milk and iced water, including the cooled down vegetables mix, into the ground venison.

4. Now mix the powdered milk and water together to form a paste and add this to the mixture and mix very well. If you have a stand mixer, use it with the paddle attachment.

5. Soak you sausage casings in water for at least 30 minutes before stuffing them. I like to run water through each strand of casing to get all the salt out of them.

Now the real fun begins, and you can make the decision to either put the sausage in casings or leave in bulk form. We do both to use in different recipes.

For Patties

For Patties, just bag up and freeze in 1- to 2-pound packages. I always use a Food Saver vacuum machine to freeze any proteins and especially wild game. I use this as a ground meat option for meat sauce or make large patties for a sausage Po-boy on French Bread.

For Links

Push one strand of casings up onto the stuffing pipe attachment on your grinder and start pushing the the sausage through to stuff the casing. Take your time and fill the casings almost all the way but careful not to tear it.

Drying

Once all the casings are stuffed, leave the sausages out to dry for at least one hour. If you can hang them in your refrigerator overnight then do so.

Now, either smoke them in a smoker or freeze them raw. When you do cook the sausages, cook in butter and onions for about 25 minutes on the stove or cook on the grill like you would your favorite smoked sausage.









 
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That sounds really good. I think I'll try something similar to that soon.

I would probably make a third of a batch, thaw out a 1 pound pack of venison, add loads of the veggies I don't have fresh fennel and also since I don't have anise I would leave out too instead of buying it. I have only seen  recipes that just use bay leaves to flavor a dish and then they remove them. Interesting that this one uses ground bay leaves. I would use smoked paprika. (Love smoked paprika, would probably eat it by itself if nobody was watching.) And, I'd not use casings because that would be something I'd have to buy. But, all of the other ingredients are things I have already. I like your idea of sausage Po-boy on French Bread. That sounds good! I'm hungry!!
 
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Something that I meant to mention:

I really like Alton Brown's technique for making sausage.  If I remember correctly, he uses meat that has not been ground and some how adds the spices while he grinding the meat.  All the meat I am trying to use up is already ground so someday if I can remember I want to try his method.

I always have trouble with his website though the recipe is on Food Network.
 
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Marco Pierre White's Venison Tartare?
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This is the time of year that I am looking to try new ways to use venison.  Here is a recipe for Venison Sausage Rolls:

1/2 pound ground venison
1/2 pound ground pork
2 eggs
3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
2 tablespoons freshly chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1 red onion, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sheets puff pastry dough (often sold in 17 or 18-ounce packages containing 2 (9 or 10-inch) square sheets of puff pastry)
2 eggs, beaten for egg wash


Directions

Make "sausage" mixture by mixing venison, pork, eggs, parsley, thyme, rosemary, onion, and salt and pepper, to taste. Saute sausage mixture over medium-high heat on the stovetop until browned, using a wooden spoon to keep the texture of the mixture "fine" (not chunky) while cooking. Drain the meat mixture well and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out each puff pastry sheet and cut each of the 4 sheets into 4 squares, yielding 16 squares.

(These will be 4 1/2 or 5-inch square.) Spread the "sausage" mixture, over the surface of each of the 16 squares and roll up the dough "jelly roll" style (so the cross-section of the roll will be a spiral design), seal dough on the ends by crimping, and place on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robert-irvine/venison-sausage-rolls-recipe-1947440
 
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Its that season again. We harvested our first deer. The 4 legs became 3 gallons of chili that i canned in quart jars. That should last the winter.  

Rib meat is being ground. We often use that with a curry sauce. I'd guess i got 5 pounds.

The backstrap is sliced and cooked on a skilllet.

Next deer will be sausage. Proprietary seasoning comes out of Belton, TX. Much better than the big stores. It's so diverse we even use it with spaghetti.
 
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Bow season started today. Too busy right now to participate. Only harvesting older bucks this year. Didn't see enough young deer this spring so we decided early to help them repopulate. Plenty of deer, we just want more. Going to focus mostly on bagging ducks & geese this year.

"With this recipe, I leave out the fat, which is the liquid/moisture content for the sausage. Instead, I replace the fat with the same liquid/moisture using vegetables instead. That way you keep the super healthy aspect of eating venison, and it tastes incredible."



Will be mucho sausage soon. That recipe idea sounds excellent!!!
 
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Our Favorite way to make elk or deer steak.   Thaw and lightly pound flat .  Soak in Italian salad dressing for several hours and grill on the barbecue.  Take peppers, onions and mushrooms and skewer and cook on grill at the same time brushing them with the same Italian dressing.   Hmm GOOD
 
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I love seeing if dormant threads might sputter back to life. I don’t know what venison recipes are good but want to find out. Dried meat is what I need. Any quick and tasty recipes for that I need to learn. Some of these recipes sound great but I’m space and kitchen challenged. Water is limited also.
 I’m interested in trying more varied diet including venison, elk, moose,... whatever, and want to to do it legally, but dont like the hassles of hunting, legalities, or expense. Especially being questioned by cops lol!! Reminds me of when I tried to catch Winter Steelhead or Salmon. After $700 and freezing my butt I decided it wasn’t worth it to me trying to catch the last wild fish. It was depressing. Or be like a guy I knew who would drive 1000 miles round trip to Idaho to “get his elk”. I could grow something or make something instead. Or so my sucker-for-punishment mind thought.  Anyway, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to buy or sell wild game but can one barter for it?? Legally?
 When I was “rooted” I decided to try and attract the animals to the property I managed so started enhancing the 20 acres which backed up to a 1000 acre swamp jungle. I’d seen elk and deer on occasion. I created lots of “edges” wildlife love by planting food forests, conservation plantings with native plants, brush piles, etc. I made sure to leave lots of small clearings with grass also. I did not “bait”, well I did dump a few bins of culled apples just for grins. All sorts of animals started moving back in bit by bit. A couple Does knew a good thing and fawned there for several years before I left. I was really hoping with the increased mulch and ground litter that the grouse would move back in. Then I saw one. That was gratifying even if my stomach still ached from hunger. Living like a chicken on grits. . .
 But I never did shoot and eat anything on that property so still have not learned much about harvesting wild game. Grew a lot of food. 20 years wasn’t enough to do what I wanted to do. Rewilding most of it was my aim. I guess I should have had a career in conservation. But if I’d retired on that land maybe I’d harvest a deer. A elk seems rather big for my needs. I guess one can give surplus to friends and family. Barter maybe if it’s legal???
There were a lot of good points brought up in this thread. The people I was living with at the time on that land would never have eaten anything harvested from the land. It would not have mattered what I did to make it more appealing.
I think the “home canning” route makes sense for my needs if I was rooted somewhere. Which brings me at last to my question. As I’m mobile and Nomadic I need to find a way to quickly dry lots of food. Meat or whatever.  Has anyone heard of “pressure drying”.  A friend mentioned it a few days ago. Freeze drying might be something to study also. I need something faster than air drying. I’m not sure if there are recipes for this or not. Ive also been wondering about Pemmican? Is there a recipe thread for this? Thanks.
 
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the best deer i ever had was at a hunting camp deep in louisiana woods
one of the old timers cooked
venison chops breaded and pan fried
then made a gravy and smothered the chops in it pan was covered and cooked slow for a while
kind of like chicken fried steak
 
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Amber Phenneger wrote:Hello everyone-With it being deer season I thought I'd see if anyone had any good deer stew recipe's they'd be willing to share. It'll be my first attempt at cooking it. If you have any recipe's for deer meat even if it's not stew, I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance!!




The biggest piece of advice I can give for making a deer stew is to use the right cut of meat!

Leg roasts are meant to be cooked hot, fast, and rare; do not use these for stews.

Neck roasts are best to cook low and slow; use these for stews.

That being said, the neck roast can be cooked like any beef style stew would and it will turn out delicious.

You can also use the neck like pulled pork.
 
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i came across this recipe a few years ago.in which i removed the ingredients i don't care for.and added 1 or 2 ingredients. plys it seems like i increased the amount of 1 or 2 ingredients. .i love left over meatloaf sandwiches.  


1 packet of onion soup mix
3 lb's of beef or vinisin
1 large egg
3/4 cup of milk
3 tablespoons of catsup
3 table spoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoons of yellow musturd
2 to 4 tablespoons of heinz red wine vinegar
directions
1.preheat oven to 350f
2.mix the ingredients.then mix into the beef..
3..mix bread/cracker crumbs to disired thickness
4.form the combination into a well packed loaf shape in a 13x9x2 loaf pan
5.bake uncovered for about one hour.when done turn oven off.take meatloaf from oven.drain grease from pan.then spread meatloaf topping over top of meatloaf.
6.replace into over for 5 minutes.then it's ready to serve and eat.
 
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I slice a ham very thin and soak it in braggs aminos, worcestershire sauce, and natures season.  Then i saute it with onions, peppers, and mushrooms.  Its great served with rice. potatoes, or pasta, and a salad or asparagus.  I cook the shoulders off the bone and make bbq, stew, or chili.  Backstrap and tenderloin get fried or wrapped in bacon/jalapeno/cream cheese/ and grilled.  You can make art and tools from the skull and bones, and leather from tanning the hides.  My niece made an antler handled knife from one she harvested.

I have really enjoyed this thread and as my daughter is bringing me a load of venison this weekend I will be trying some of these recipes.  I wonder if a deer marsala would be good...hmmm...food for thought...pun intended.
 
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Appologies for the thread necromancy, this one just popped up after I looked at a thread regarding "s n.v y good recipes for OTTER"(?!).

I made a venison "tangia" (a Moroccan clay pot slow cooked meat stew) which is generally done with lamb or veal. It was good as it came out, then the next day, was AWESOME. As part of this project, I compounded a spice mix called "ras el hanout" (name means "top shelf"?), which I have found useful to add a lot kn e kick to quite a few things- Japanese BQ sauce, ramen soup stock, etc.

I will post links to my experience from "kitchen knife forum" if this site will allow.

https://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/threads/veal-tangia-with-preserved-lemons.50147/

I also havee made venison and mixed venison/black bear versions of (no longer beef!) bourgignone. As part of THAT recipe, I made my own "herbes de Provence" spice  mix (but I leave out the lavender- Yech, lavender tastes like soap smells to me).

https://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/threads/need-recipes-for-bear-meat-warning-deceased-animal-picture.49704/post-753082

And have made both these ordinarily slow cooked dishes PDQ in an InstantPot pressure cooker with fine results too, but you should reduce liquids a bit then.
 
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It’s Venison time of year baby!! I thought I’d come check my favorite website for new venison recipes and Permies never disappoints!! So I thought I’d add my own 2 cents.

We don’t really eat beef anymore, I just use venison instead. When I grind my venison I add to it in a 4:1 ratio ground beef. It adds much needed fat and helps round out the taste. I use this mix in place of ground beef in everything. This ground meat mix with some salt, pepper, garlic powder and some ground oats for binder makes amazing burgers. Just be sure to use a bit of oil/fat if cooking in a pan. Cook like any other burger, no burger is good overcooked.

We save the ribs and I “BBQ” them in the instant pot for 35 minutes with a spoonful of bacon fat, splash of apple cider vinegar and a drizzle of bbq sauce. Cool down 10 minutes, release pressure, take ribs out and apply more bbq sauce. You can then broil in oven for a few minutes or don’t. I usually skip that step. FYI- trim the fat from the ribs because the deer fat has an off taste.

We take the neck, especially a buck during rut, and make a roast out of it. My husband used to cook it in a slow cooker with cream of mushroom soup and vegetables. I didn’t like it because the neck is so gamey. Through much searching I finally found a fix that is great for the neck. And you don’t even need to cut the meat off the intricate bones! Just put the whole washed out neck in the slow cooker. Cover with chicken broth or water. Add couple drops liquid smoke (optional) ,chopped onion and garlic, 3-5 Tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons molasses, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, Turmeric, a bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cool 8-12 hours on low. When done, remove meat from liquid pull apart with 2 forks removing all bones and add BBQ sauce till all meat is covered. Meat is best if allowed to soak in bbq sauce overnight. Tastes amazing!

For jerky I add strips of meat to a gallon jar then for each pound of venison mix 1/4cup coconut aminos, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, couple drops liquid smoke (optional), 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, a finely chopped garlic clove and a small nub of peeled ginger. (I never measure so this is hard to figure out!) Mix all together and pour over meat strips. Mix meat to coat then push down. Meat should be just covered with liquid. If not add coconut aminos or make more marinade. Let sit in fridge for 2-3 days, mixing at least 1x per day. Then dehydrate with your choice of dehydrator.

My most favorite venison hack is making my own corned “beef “ for St Patrick’s day dinner!! I’ve been making it for years and it’s incredible. I’m so happy to be able to make one of my favorite meals in a way I’m comfortable with and I know the ingredients. I got the recipe on how to corn the meat from a hunters blog way back when and I don’t know how to credit them properly. They deserve all the kudos! The handwritten note on the side is my recipe on how I cook it. *see picture if I can’t get it to post right here*

Last year I had an abundance of produce so stuffed quart jars with venison stew chunks about 1/2 way then added a mix of chopped tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and some spices. I pressure canned them for 90 minutes. It’s my “meal starter” and I’ve used it in chili, soup, and stir fry.

This year I was thinking of canning more venison, but I don’t have the abundance of vegetables this time. Simple Living Alaska on you tube did canned taco meat and I wanted to try that. I’ve also seen Mike Haasl do canned venison sausage for his deer processing BB… that sounds awesome and I’d love to know how he did that.

Awesome thread, let’s keep sharing with new venison recipes!!

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I wanted to update my above post. This year I did can ground venison. I just followed the recipes for pressure canning ground beef. I tried it plain and with my taco seasoning mix. They came out really good and makes a bace for several super quick meals.

I then tried mixing the ground venison with ground pork in a 3:1 ratio with my Italian sausage seasoning mix and pressure canning that. This mix was great and works well enough for me to stretch out my pork. I’ll definitely be doing that again.

 
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Hi Friends

In the spirit of using all of the animal, I just wanted to share this recipe. Deer heart is actually quite good --especially when you use the two major food groups: butter and garlic. It was archery season a month ago, and I fixed this up. I think the most important step is to make sure you rinse the heart very very well --try and get all the blood out of the chambers and make sure you set that heart in saltwater overnight --let all the small blood vessels do their thing overnight in that solution, then the next day you'll see some black coagulation and then give it a second thorough rinse before prep. Then it's cast iron time baby!

easy-pan-fried-deer-heart-recipe

PS. You will also notice, after eating deer heart --you'll be able to jump a little higher than normal for about an hour and a half.

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I always love when this thread gets bumped which always reminds me of good venison recipes.

The other day, I wanted to have stuffed pork chops.  When every package of meat from the freezer said "Doe steak" I decided to make Stuffed Steak.

I am a lazy cook so I make unstuffed steak.

INGREDIENTS

   Seasoning Packet
   1 teaspoon ground sage or 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
   1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
   1 tablespoon chopped dried celery flakes
   2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
   2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes, crushed
   1⁄8 teaspoon ground pepper

   Stuffing
   3 tablespoons butter
   1 1⁄4 cups water
   4 cups bread cubes, partially dried



DIRECTIONS

   In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter and seasoning mix.
   Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.

   Stir in bread cubes and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring and fluffing with a fork.

   Cover; remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.



https://www.food.com/recipe/stuffing-seasoning-mix-134834

After the stuffing was done I put the version steak on the George Forman Grill just to brown the meat.  I put the browned venison steak on top of the stuffing.  Then I poured some gravy over the steak. I cooked the covered casserole at 350' for about 45 min.
 
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