Side Dish Recipes

Coffee-Rubbed Venison Roast

Add new life to old coffee grounds with this earthy rub for smoked venison roasts. The rub is also great on any other dark-fleshed game, beef, and pork. (Try this Coffee Rubbed Goose Breast recipe) Done right, a smoked venison roast is moist and tender, like a beautiful medium-rare beef roast. The biggest difference between…

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Citrus, Herb, and Garlic Roast

Acidic lime, lemon, and orange juices give this smoked and marinated venison roast its “high notes.” They’re the flavors that liven up your taste buds, much like a natural monosodium glutamate, but with fewer syllables and no adverse side effects. This recipe works best with a hindquarter roast, preferably boneless, but it will work with…

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Lobster Roll

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The Sporting Chef

Pan-Seared Tenderloin with Zinfandel Sauce

If I’m cooking for a crowd, I’ll use an inexpensive generic wine for a reduction and save my money for the wines that I drink. If I’m making this recipe at home, my go-to wine is the Michael-David Freakshow Zinfandel. It’s a bit more subtle than some of the bolder zinfandels from the Lodi, California…

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Grilled Cheese & Spicy Shrimp on Sourdough Bread

Best when dunked into a bowl of Bacony Tomato Bisque 

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Bacon-y Tomato Bisque

It’s creamy, it’s bacon-y and it’s so good with a grilled cheese sandwich, or even better, a Grilled Cheese and Spicy Shrimp on Sourdough Sandwich.

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Winter Squash Soup

Few things warm you up better on a cold day than a hearty, creamy soup. Use whatever squash are available and in-season. In a pinch, this recipe can be made with canned pumpkin, but not the kind used for pie filling. Just pumpkin. 

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Shrooms Times Two

Too many home game chefs have turned to the slow-cooker and a can of cream of mushroom soup to turn their venison into something that tastes like, well, cream of mushroom soup. I understand that it’s easy and edible, but it’s just not for me. This recipe combines a mushroomy crusted venison steak with a…

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Steak Diane

Deer Diane

Picture the waiter with the fancy outfit and the snotty attitude preparing a flaming steak Diane tableside at a white tablecloth restaurant. Now imagine the same guy screaming as he runs away with his mustache on fire. Know why? He wasn’t paying attention when he cooked with brandy and an open flame. Follow the directions…

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