Appetizers

Tropical Venison Quesadilla

OK, so maybe “tropical” is a bit cliched, but there’s more than just meat, cheese and flour tortillas in this tasty snack. The recipe calls for mango, but feel free to substitute fresh pineapple, papaya, or, in a pinch, peaches or nectarines. The idea is to give it a sweet contrast to the spicy jalapeno…

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Peanut and Sesame Crusted Tenderloin

he crust is deceptive. It looks like a fairly ordinary coating, but it’s actually loaded with the flavor of roasted peanuts and toasted sesame seeds. I prefer to use more tender cuts of venison like tenderloins, but hindquarter muscles work just as well, provided that you first tenderize them with a mallet or other tenderizing device.…

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Herb, Wine and Peppercorn Marinated Venison Appetizer with Sweet Mustard Sauce

The marinade will add flavor to well-trimmed venison. For tougher cuts, lightly pound chunks of meat with a mallet to make them more tender before cooking. As with any venison, the longer you cook it past medium-rare, the tougher it will be. The sweet mustard sauce is quick and delicious. Print Recipe Herb, Wine and…

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Kinda Spicy Oven Venison Jerky

Most folks think that they can’t make jerky unless they have a dehydrator or smoker. Not so. Any oven will work just fine. Although making jerky can be a tester for those who lack basic knife skills, it’s well worth the savings when compared to store-bought jerky, and you can make it exactly the way…

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Savory Venison Sliders

Miniature ground venison burgers loaded with fresh herbs, tomato and cheese are a great starter to keep hunger at bay while the main course in on the way. In a pinch, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of dried herbs or an herb blend (like Italian seasoning) in place of the fresh herbs. Load up a…

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Crispy Venison Spring Rolls

There isn’t what you might call a “basic” spring roll. Some are fried, some are wrapped in softened rice paper, and the filling varies considerably. Here’s a recipe for a crispy appetizer that’s an unconventional use for venison, but it sure is good. Try it on your friends who long ago decided that they just…

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Venison, Prosciutto, Mango and Jalapeno Bites

A variation on the standard bacon-wrapped deer recipe. Print Recipe Prosciutto, Mango and Jalapeno Bites Ingredients16 to 20 1/2- inch-wide by 3-inch-long strips of venison1/4 cup olive oil1 tablespoon sesame oil1/4 cup soy sauce1/4 cup rice vinegar2 tablespoons orange marmalade1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 tablespoon Tabasco1 to 2 slightly underripe mangoes4 jalapeno peppers16 to…

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Goat Cheese “Pâté” with Venison & Bacon

Tasia Malakasis, of the famous Belle Chevre Fromagerie near Athens, Ala., showed me how to make this delicious pâté-like spread out of any cooked game meat, and it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch. Print Recipe Goat Cheese “Pâté” Ingredients3 strips bacon diced1/4 cup onion finely minced1 clove garlic minced1 1/3…

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Venison Fireballs

These are like small, bite-sized meatballs, only hotter. The heat comes from the Sriracha, a Southeast Asian hot sauce often called “rooster sauce” because of the drawing of a rooster on the label of a popular brand. Look in the Asian section of your market for any product labeled Chili-Garlic, Sambal or Asian Hot Sauce.…

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