mushroom soup

Venison Backstrap Mushroom Soup

As the name implies, this soup is crammed full of mushrooms. The type of mushrooms you use for this dish is entirely up to your personal preferences, your budget and the availability of the mushrooms. I’ve also made this soup with rehydrated wild mushrooms, and it’s just as delicious. The backstrap is grilled, but 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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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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Chile Verde

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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Deer and Barley Soup

how to make venison barley soup

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Quick Wild Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

If you want to take your time, make your own stock out of a roasted wild turkey carcass and leg/thigh meat. Be sure to let the wild rice cook for awhile, it takes longer to cook than regular rice. And if you just don’t have time, then swap the rice out for noodles.  

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Venistrone Soup

Some parts of a deer are just too tough for the “fast and hot” method of cooking. Cuts from the shoulder, neck and shanks are best suited to stewing and braising. And so we have my own simplified version of the classic Italian minestrone soup…venistrone. Cute name, but does it taste good? Yeah, Baby! Don’t…

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Susie Jimenez’s Wild Game Albondigas Soup aka Meatball Soup

Spice it Up Susie was a finalist on Food Network Star season 7, but in our hearts, she was the ultimate winner. Here’s her mother’s meatball soup recipe using any ground venison you have in the house. And meatballs are a great way to use up chunks of wild game that have been sitting in…

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Elk with Barley Soup

I look forward to cold weather here in northern California so that I can enjoy a steaming bowl of soup. Any antlered game animal will do. Also, try this recipe with ducks or geese, but save it for less than premium species like divers and snow geese. I cannot overemphasize how much better the soup…

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