Side Dish Recipes

Venison Carpaccio

I used to eat raw venison as part of my wild-game cooking demonstrations. To those who only ate antlered game cooked well-done or “all the way,” it was like watching someone eat live insects. Even people who enjoy their venison rare or medium-rare would often blanch at the sight of me eating it raw. I…

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Venison Sausage and White Beans

This is a stick-to-your ribs side dish that can also be served as a main course. If I’m short on time, I’ll make a quick version of this recipe with 4 15-ounce cans of cooked beans instead of dried. Any venison sausage will do, but my sausage of choice for this dish is Italian-seasoned. Print Recipe…

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Venison Stuffed Zucchini

I grew up eating this dish, prepared with ground beef, a few times a month. I’ve since made it many times with various ground game meats and game sausage. It might be pedestrian for today’s food snobs, but it really tastes great. Print Recipe Venison Stuffed Zucchini Servings: 4 servings Ingredients2 medium zucchini split lengthwise1…

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Gruyere and Ground Venison Baked Portabello Mushroom

Grilled earthy portabello mushrooms are filled with seasoned ground venison and topped with melted cheese. It just sounds good, doesn’t it? Print Recipe Gruyere and Ground Venison Baked Portabello Mushroom Servings: 4 servings Ingredients4 large portabello mushrooms1 tablespoon olive oil2 cloves garlic minced2 green onions chopped1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves minced (or pinch or two…

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Wild Game Queso (made with any ground venison)

This recipe is from our Sporting Friend, Susie Jimenez. She uses antelope in this particular version, but any ground wild game meat will work well.   Print Recipe Wild Game Queso (made with any ground venison) Ingredients2 tbsp olive oilhalf onion – finely chopped1-2 jalapenos – seeded and dicedWhite wine – used Michael David Sauvignon…

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Cilantro Lime Mayo

I usually keep a bottle of this in the fridge. Pairs well with salmon or tuna burgers – like this recipe here Print Recipe Cilantro Lime Mayo Ingredients1/3 cup mayo1/4 cup cilantro – finely chopped2 tbsp lime juice1 tsp sugar2-3 green onions chopped InstructionsMix together well. Add more lime juice or sugar – depends if…

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Deer Fried Rice

Suppose you’ve got some leftover rice and maybe a cup or two of venison. You’ve probably tried pork fried rice, so why not deer fried rice? It’s a great accompaniment for a wild game stir-fry. Next time you’re in the market, see if you can find ponzu sauce in the Asian section. It has less…

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Fried Venison Ravioli

Making ravioli pasta is a relatively simple task, but I’ve come to the realization that very few people will take the time to do it. Store-bought wonton or egg roll wrappers are a little thinner than the homemade, but they save time. It’s best to keep a moist towel over the raw wraps to keep…

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Venison Tamales

Venison Tamales

Contrary to what some people believe, tamales do not come in a can. Yes, the label on the cans reads “tamales,” but the difference between canned tamales and those made by hand is much like that of canned shrimp versus genuine Louisiana trawler-harvested shrimp. They’re shrimp by name, but that’s about the only similarity. Getting…

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