Side Dish Recipes

Turkey Salad

This turkey salad recipe is from our Sporting Friend, Susie Jimenez, who was the runner-up on Season 7 of “Food Network Star.” Everything Susie touches has a spicy twist to it, which you can dial up, or down. Try it with crackers or cucumber rounds, or serve this turkey salad in a sandwich or wrap.…

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Stuffed Meatballs

This stuffed meatballs recipe is from our Sporting Friend, Susie Jimenez, who was the runner-up on Season 7 of “Food Network Star.” Everything Susie touches has a spicy twist to it, which you can dial up, or down.

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smoked sausage

Jalapeño, Garlic and Lime Summer Sausage

I’m told that it’s called “summer sausage” because it can be stored without refrigeration because of the curing process. I keep my summer sausage in the refrigerator or freezer anyway. I’ve also made various forms of wild game summer sausage using only salt as a curing agent. Some people like big hunks of cheese in…

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Deer Scaloppine

There are many versions of the classic Italian scaloppine, which consists of thinly sliced meat, usually veal or chicken, that has been floured and sauteéd with wine, chicken, beef, or veal stock and a handful of other ingredients. The key is to watch the cooking time. Sliced thinly, your venison will overcook in a heartbeat. 

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Smoked Pulled Venison Shoulder or Neck Roast

Here’s my take on smoking venison shoulder and neck roasts. The beauty of it is that with only minimal effort, you can change sinewy, bone-in roasts into something of beauty. It’s not an exact method. If the meat doesn’t fall off the bone, keep smoking.

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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 Cheesesteak

In the tradition of the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, this recipe is a quickie that’ll fool some of your friends who claim that they don’t like the taste of venison. Just don’t tell them it’s deer meat until after the first few bites. The meat is sliced very thin, so be careful when cooking. It only…

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So You Don’t Like Venison?

While traveling the countryside the past couple of decades, sharing my personal brand of wild-game cooking, I’ve run across many people who just don’t like venison. If I had to guess what went wrong, somebody served them an over-cooked “gamey”  piece of improperly prepared deer meat. Venison has about five times less fat than beef,…

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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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