Appetizers

Sweet-Hot Jerky

Based on a casual observation of my hunting buddy’s jerky choices, I’d say that sweet- and hot- flavored jerky is about even with teriyaki. Turning venison into jerky is a natural. It’s lean, practically devoid of fat, and dries out faster than beef. The meat has to be trimmed of all visible silver skin, sinew,…

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Venison Sausage with Rustic Tomato Sauce

In the summertime, when “real” homegrown tomatoes are available, this is one of my favorite recipes. During the tomato offseason, I’ll usually prepare this dish with canned tomatoes rather than grocery store tomatoes. Then I won’t whine about the lack of flavor from the so-called “vine-ripened” store-bought tomatoes as compared to the real deals. Who…

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Wild Turkey Spring Rolls

For these wild turkey spring rolls, I like to use ground thigh meat, but ground wild turkey breasts work well, too.

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venison meatballs

Meatballs for the Masses

Many years ago, I owned a catering company, Silver Sage Caterers, with my buddy, Greg Cornell. I’ve since moved on to other, less demanding pursuits, but Greg’s still cranking out some of the best chow in northern California. As any caterer knows, when preparing food for large groups, most of the grunt work has to…

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black bean salsa

Two Great Salsas

A departure from traditional tomato salsas, these are two of my favorite grilled venison toppers. After preparing the salsas, let them stand at room temperature for an hour to blend flavors and give them a chance to warm up. Putting cold salsa on a hot venison steak or fish just doesn’t make good sense. Black…

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Chipotle Elk Sliders

Here’s a recipe you can use with your ground game, whether it’s elk, antelope, or deer. I like to make a batch of these ahead of time, then vacuum seal and freeze them. You can take them right out of the freezer, put them on the grill or in a skillet and they’ll be a…

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Warm Venison and Mushroom Salad

mushroom and venison salad with pecans

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Deer and Barley Soup

how to make venison barley soup

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Venison Rarebit

how to make venison rarebit or welsh rarebit

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