Appetizers

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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Stuffed Mushrooms with Venison

This is a tasty way to use up ground venison, something many successful deer hunters seem to have in abundance. I usually end up with more stuffing than I have mushrooms to stuff, which makes for a great little snack while the mushrooms are in the oven. When it comes to ground antlered game, user…

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Venison Pepper Poppers

I’ve made a variation of this recipe with everything from leftover fish to boar sausage, and it never fails to impress. If your DNA has you predisposed to eating really hot stuff, try it with hotter peppers such as habaneros. The recipe specifies cooked ground venison, but it also works well with slow-cooked, pulled meat…

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Appetizers

Backstrap, Smoked Oyster, Green Onion and Bacon Snack

An alternative to the usual bacon-wrapped venison-on-a-toothpick recipe, this one combines smokey canned oysters, scallions and, of course, bacon. Also, try it with fresh, “unsmoked” medium-sized oysters, preferably from Apalachicola, Fla,  — home of the world’s best oysters. Partially cooking the bacon before wrapping will keep the meat from overcooking while waiting for the bacon…

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