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Side Dish Recipes

chicken stew

Spicy Venison Sausage, Wild Rice and Kale Stew

This recipe includes spicy venison sausage, but any venison sausage, spicy or not, will do. If your venison sausage is a milder variety, throw in a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to spice it up. Wild rice is a watergrass seed. It’s nutty, chewy and often paired with “regular” rice to give it…

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bean soup

Four Bean Soup

Oh sure, “three beans” — you hear that all the time. This soup is one bean better, but instead of green, waxed and kidney beans, it’s loaded with white beans, lima beans, garbanzo beans and black beans. Of course, if you have alternate favorite bean choices, go nuts. It’s your soup. Regarding the beans, you…

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meatballs

Italian Meatball Soup

I’m always on the lookout for something to do with a large inventory of ground venison — meatloaf, burger, sausage and, of course, meatballs. The versatility of the meatball is limited only by your imagination. Make it spicy, savory, or sweet and sour, but make it with just enough breading to bind it together so…

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mixed grill plate

Venison Mixed Grill

You’ve got a mixed bag of venison parts, but not quite enough of any one cut of meat to serve your guests. Restaurants do it all the time: “Tonight, we have a special, our mixed grill.” It’s also a good sampler dish for your friends who might not have the opportunity to enjoy properly cooked…

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blue cheese burger

Blue Cheese Venison Burger

Compared to beef, ground venison can be a bit bland. Because it is so very lean, with about 1/3 of the fat content of ground beef, it can be dry and chewy when cooked. Overcooked ground meat can be muttony and stronger tasting than burger that has been cooked medium-rare. I always add some ground…

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Bone Broth

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Sweet Potato Stew

The first few times I made this stew, it was based on a Moroccan recipe with prominent curry, turmeric and cinnamon flavors. Turns out that I don’t really care much for curry, turmeric and cinnamon, so the recipe eventually transitioned into the one below, resembling more of a traditional stew. If you like the aforementioned…

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Chile Colorado

There’s always been some confusion regarding the various spellings of chili, er… I mean chile. After consulting various resources, the majority suggest that chile is the pepper and chili is the dish. But then there’s chile verde and chile Colorado, both dishes that end with an e, not i. I really don’t care how it’s…

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Chile Verde Soup

I’ve used this recipe with an assortment of game animals including elk, deer, feral hogs and waterfowl. Serve with warm flour tortillas, shredded lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream and cold Mexican beer.

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