Appetizers

Peanut and Sesame Crusted Tenderloin

he crust is deceptive. It looks like a fairly ordinary coating, but it’s actually loaded with the flavor of roasted peanuts and toasted sesame seeds. I prefer to use more tender cuts of venison like tenderloins, but hindquarter muscles work just as well, provided that you first tenderize them with a mallet or other tenderizing device.…

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Herb, Wine and Peppercorn Marinated Venison Appetizer with Sweet Mustard Sauce

The marinade will add flavor to well-trimmed venison. For tougher cuts, lightly pound chunks of meat with a mallet to make them more tender before cooking. As with any venison, the longer you cook it past medium-rare, the tougher it will be. The sweet mustard sauce is quick and delicious. PrintHerb, Wine and Peppercorn Marinated…

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Kinda Spicy Oven Venison Jerky

Most folks think that they can’t make jerky unless they have a dehydrator or smoker. Not so. Any oven will work just fine. Although making jerky can be a tester for those who lack basic knife skills, it’s well worth the savings when compared to store-bought jerky, and you can make it exactly the way…

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Savory Venison Sliders

Miniature ground venison burgers loaded with fresh herbs, tomato and cheese are a great starter to keep hunger at bay while the main course in on the way. In a pinch, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of dried herbs or an herb blend (like Italian seasoning) in place of the fresh herbs. Load up a…

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Crispy Venison Spring Rolls

There isn’t what you might call a “basic” spring roll. Some are fried, some are wrapped in softened rice paper, and the filling varies considerably. Here’s a recipe for a crispy appetizer that’s an unconventional use for venison, but it sure is good. Try it on your friends who long ago decided that they just…

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Venison, Prosciutto, Mango and Jalapeno Bites

A variation on the standard bacon-wrapped deer recipe. PrintProsciutto, Mango and Jalapeno Bites Serving Size: 4 to 6 appetizer servings Ingredients16 to 20 1/2-inch-wide by 3-inch-long strips of venison 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons orange marmalade 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper…

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Goat Cheese “Pâté” with Venison & Bacon

Tasia Malakasis, of the famous Belle Chevre Fromagerie near Athens, Ala., showed me how to make this delicious pâté-like spread out of any cooked game meat, and it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch. PrintGoat Cheese “Pâté” Yield: About 2 cups Ingredients3 strips bacon, diced 1/4 cup onion, finely minced 1…

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Venison Fireballs

These are like small, bite-sized meatballs, only hotter. The heat comes from the Sriracha, a Southeast Asian hot sauce often called “rooster sauce” because of the drawing of a rooster on the label of a popular brand. Look in the Asian section of your market for any product labeled Chili-Garlic, Sambal or Asian Hot Sauce.…

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Venison

This is a tasty way to use up ground venison, something many successful deer hunters seem to have in abundance. I usually end up with more stuffing than I have mushrooms to stuff, which makes for a great little snack while the mushrooms are in the oven. When it comes to ground antlered game, user…

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