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Thai Venison Curry

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Thai Venison Curry

Thai Venison Curry
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Serves: 6
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Strips of whitetail venison stew meat with fresh green beans and red bell peppers in a peanut curry sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Michigan Whitetail venison stew meat, sliced into strips ⅓” thick
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, rough chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, rough chopped
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14oz.) coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 c. chicken stock, unsalted
  • ⅓ c. peanut butter
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. red curry paste
  • 1 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. ground coriander
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • Green onions and fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Steamed basmati rice for serving

Instructions
  1. Pour oil into large saute pan and bring to high heat. Meanwhile, make sure venison is as dry as possible by patting with paper towels. Season venison with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, as desired. In a mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, chicken stock, peanut butter, lime juice, curry paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, and coriander. When oil is shining, add venison and sear on all sides. Once venison is seared, add onion, beans, and red bell pepper, tossing together for 2 minutes. Add curry sauce mixture and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes before serving.
  2. Serve over steamed basmati rice, and garnish with green onion and cilantro.

Notes
This recipe is for a mild curry. If you would like more spice, add another Tablespoon of curry paste to your recipe!

Another great garnish for this dish would be roasted salted peanuts, chopped into little pieces to add a little extra crunch!

 

 

 

dipping sauce for venison potstickers

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Dipping Sauce for Venison Potstickers
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • ¾ tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 minced garlic clove, or more
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon green onion ( thinly sliced)

Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use as dipping sauce.

Healthy Deer Sausage Quiche

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What do you do with a bunch of left over browned deer sausage?
Answer: Quiche
*Spray a 10″ baking dish with EVOO cooking spray.
*Lay an #ezekiel tortilla flat in the dish with the sides up to catch what’s coming.
*Mix 4 egg whites, 1 cup wilted kale, 1 chopped Roma tomato, 1/4 cup of FF mozzarella, and the sausage.
*Pour over the the Ezekiel tortilla and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

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Power Venison Meatloaf

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Power Venison Meatloaf

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Power Venison Meatloaf

Power Venison Meatloaf
 
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Serves: 8
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Rich in flavor and nutrients while lean and full of protein, this Power Venison Meatloaf recipe is a great comfort food kind of dinner after hitting the gym, raking leaves all day, or anything else that wears you out.
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 cup all-natural mild salsa
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fresh chopped parsley (garnish)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Combine venison, salsa, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper in large bowl.
  3. Press mixture into 9 x 5inch loaf pan, or form into shape of a loaf and place on ungreased 13 x 9 x 2inch baking pan.
  4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until center is no longer pink and meat is cooked through
  5. Let stand 10 minutes before serving
  6. Cut into 8 slices and serve garnished with parsley

 

Venison Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

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Venison Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

This is a great meal for those of you trying to cut down on carbs, or those of you who get serious cravings for vegetables! This paleo-friendly dish is packed with flavor and nutrition, without the those carbs that leave you feeling heavy after a meal. Not only is it low in fat, it is packed with protein, fiber, iron, vitamin C, and many more essential vitamins and minerals to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground whitetail venison
  • 2 zucchinis, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized white onion, chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce (we chose ‘fire-roasted tomato and garlic’ sauce)
  • 2 spaghetti squash, halved
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. paprika
  • 1 Tbs. basil
  • 1/2 Tbs. oregano
  • 1/2 Tbs. thyme
  • water (for squash)

Instructions

Sauce

Pour oil into bottom of a large sauce pan and bring to medium-high heat. Brown ground venison with black pepper, paprika, and red wine. Remove venison from pan and set aside. Keeping pan at medium-high heat, add zucchini, onion, basil, oregano, and thyme. Sauté vegetables until caramelization begins on zucchini. Add venison back to pot. Add spaghetti sauce, cover pan, and simmer for 30 minutes.

 

Spaghetti Squash

Place spaghetti squash halves face down in microwave-safe, glass dish with walls about 2 inches high. Add 1/2 inch water to bottom of dish. Microwave squash on high for 10 minutes and check for softness. Checking for softness: use kitchen tongs to gently squeeze the outside skin as squash will be very hot. If squash is not completely soft, return to microwave at 5 minute increments on high until soft. Scrape meat from squash into a large bowl using tongs for holding and a fork for scraping (see photo below for reference). The spaghetti squash should come apart very easily into strands that look like spaghetti. Load your plate with spaghetti squash as you would pasta, top with sauce, and dig in!

 

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Okay, so we went and ruined the paleo-friendly part of the meal by adding parmesan cheese on top of the awesome smelling venison spaghetti with spaghetti squash. Guilty as charged. But this last little detail is NOT necessary in order to thoroughly enjoy the delicious and nutritious meal you just made with love. Another handy garnish would be hot pepper flakes for those at your table who enjoy a little more kick in their sauce. Lastly, if your jar of sauce doesn’t come loaded with garlic like ours did, you may want to toss some minced garlic in while you’re sautéing your veggies.

 

Ground venison with paprika, ground black pepper, and red wine. Make sure venison is browned thoroughly before removing from pan.

Ground venison with paprika, ground black pepper, and red wine. Make sure venison is browned thoroughly before removing from pan.

Once venison is transferred to a bowl, add zucchini, onion, basil, oregano, and thyme to large sauce pan. Cook until zucchini begins to caramelize, and onions begin to turn translucent.

Once venison is transferred to a bowl, add zucchini, onion, basil, oregano, and thyme to large sauce pan. Cook until zucchini begins to caramelize, and onions begin to turn translucent.

Once veggies have been sautéed, add meat back to sauce pan. Add jar of spaghetti sauce.

Once veggies have been sautéed, add meat back to sauce pan. Add jar of spaghetti sauce.

Once you add the jar of spaghetti sauce, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes - or just as long as it takes to get the spaghetti squash prepped and ready to serve.

Once you add the jar of spaghetti sauce, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes – or just as long as it takes to get the spaghetti squash prepped and ready to serve.

Above: Spaghetti squash not cleaned. Below: Spaghetti squash properly cleaned with a spoon.

Above: Spaghetti squash not cleaned. Below: Spaghetti squash properly cleaned with a spoon.

Place squash halves face down (or skin up) in glass baking dish. Add water until about 1/2" of squash is submerged in water. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, then in 5 minute increments as needed until squash is soft for scraping.

Place squash halves face down (or skin up) in glass baking dish. Add water until about 1/2″ of squash is submerged in water. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, then in 5 minute increments as needed until squash is soft for scraping.

How to make 'spaghetti' out of spaghetti squash: Step 1) hold squash with tongs. Step 2) scrape inside of squash with fork until skin is completely hollowed out.

How to make ‘spaghetti’ out of spaghetti squash: Step 1) hold squash with tongs. Step 2) scrape inside of squash with fork until skin is completely hollowed out.

Spaghetti squash ready for sauce.

Spaghetti squash ready for sauce.

After simmering low and slow, your sauce will not only smell fantastic, but the veggies will be fully cooked and the flavors of each ingredient will come together to delight and comfort your taste buds as well.

After simmering low and slow, your sauce will not only smell fantastic, but the veggies will be fully cooked and the flavors of each ingredient will come together to delight and comfort your taste buds as well.

Finished product! Guilt-free second helpings were enjoyed by all.

Finished product! Guilt-free second helpings were enjoyed by all.

Venison Lettuce Wraps

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Venison Lettuce Wraps

Bursting with flavor that you don’t have to feel guilty about, venison lettuce wraps make a great summertime meal. This finger-food is also a fun way to get your kids to eat healthy since you build your own and eat with your hands. Our recipe feeds four for a light dinner, or eight as an appetizer. Let us know what you think!

Ingredients

 

Filling

  • 1 lb. ground whitetail venison
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil (or any other cooking oil)
  • 1 Tbs. ground white pepper
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce, plus a couple splashes for browning venison
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. pickled ginger, minced
  • 1 (8oz.) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped

 

Other Ingredients

  • 16 leaves Boston Bibb (or butter) lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried

 

Instructions

Preparing lettuce: Rinse whole leaves of Boston Bibb lettuce and pat dry with a towel. Set aside.

Preparing filling: In a medium-sized sauce pan, brown 1lb. ground venison with 1 Tbs. ground white pepper and a couple splashes. Once venison is completely browned, remove from heat and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Using the same medium-sized sauce pan, sauté onions. Add hoisin sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and pickled ginger. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken. Add cooked venison, water chestnuts, and green onions. Cook until green onion just starts to wilt, about one minute. Remove from heat and place in medium-sized bowl for serving.

Assembling a lettuce wrap: Hold one leaf of lettuce in the palm of your hand. Scoop a heaping spoonful of filling into center of lettuce leaf. Wrap closed with fingers and eat like a taco or burrito.

 

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While this is a fun finger food, it is a little juicy, so we don’t recommend letting the kids eat this without at least napkin underneath. We adults really beat the heat by pairing this lighter fair with a Summer Shandy (beer). Let us know what you think of this recipe! And now for the photos:

 

 

Sunshine Cut: When dicing your onions, slice each half of onion toward the center so that your dicing comes out more uniform. Shown above. This is a fun tip we picked up from one our my chef friends.

Sunshine Cut: When dicing your onions, slice each half of onion toward the center so that your dicing comes out more uniform. Shown above. This is a fun tip we picked up from one our my chef friends.

After browning the venison and removing from heat, we used the same pan to mix the onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar. After this cooked for a couple minutes, we added the water chestnuts, green onion, and cooked venison, then served it up!

After browning the venison and removing from heat, we used the same pan to mix the onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar. After this cooked for a couple minutes, we added the water chestnuts, green onion, and cooked venison, then served it up!

Venison Lettuce Wrap filling all ready to go. Once we added the water chestnuts, cooked venison, and the green onion, we removed the filling from the heat after only a minute.

Venison Lettuce Wrap filling all ready to go. Once we added the water chestnuts, cooked venison, and the green onion, we removed the filling from the heat after only a minute.

Venison Lettuce Wraps ready for assembly! We were impressed with our leaning tower of lettuce.

Venison Lettuce Wraps ready for assembly! We were impressed with our leaning tower of lettuce.

Step 1: hold lettuce leaf in your hand like so.

Step 1: hold lettuce leaf in your hand like so.

Step 2: Scoop a heaping spoonful of filling into the center of your lettuce wrap.

Step 2: Scoop a heaping spoonful of filling into the center of your lettuce wrap.

Step 3: Enclose lean and delicious filling with cool and crunchy lettuce wrap. Eat it like a mini taco! Be sure to keep a napkin on hand, the wrap may be a little juicy.

Step 3: Enclose lean and delicious filling with cool and crunchy lettuce wrap. Eat it like a mini taco! Be sure to keep a napkin on hand, the wrap may be a little juicy.

Two Versions of Venison Tacos

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Venison Tacos, Two Ways

Hellooooo, warm weather! We missed you so much!

It’s finally looking like springtime here in Traverse City! White cherry and apple blossoms are giving way to green leaves in orchards all over the area, and brightly colored tulips in gardens everywhere are a sight for sore eyes. All the vibrancy and excitement that comes with nature waking up after a long rest makes us want to dance… salsa dance to be specific.

We whipped up a delicious recipe for venison tacos, and as an afterthought (or stroke of genius), we added one simple ingredient to make a world of difference. Photos of both versions below. Trust us, the venison taco meat alone is delicious, but adding a can of refried beans is a great way to add more flavor and texture to your dish. Bonus: it’s also a great way to stretch your buck (get it?!) since this one ingredient will take the serving size of the recipe from 4 people to 6 people!

Ingredients:

 

Taco Meat

  • 1 lb. ground venison
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 15oz. can refried beans (optional)
  • 1/3 c. water (if adding refried beans)

 

Pico de Gallo

  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, finely diced
  • 1/3 c. red onion, minced
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro, minced
  • Juice from 1/2 of a ripe lime
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of white pepper

 

Other Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6″ flour tortillas – pack of 10 is enough for 4

Instructions:

Combine all pico de gallo ingredients in one bowl and set aside. In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, brown the ground venison. After meat is browned, add taco meat spices and mix thoroughly. Once spices have been mixed in, add optional can of refried beans and water. Mix thoroughly and remove from heat. On a plate, prop two tortillas against each other, assemble and garnish as desired, and enjoy!

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This recipe was so simple, took less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and tasted great! If we were to do it again, we would make a bigger batch of pico de gallo! The cool, fresh flavors were a crowd-pleasing compliment to the venison taco meat.

Suggested beverage pairing: We tried out some new drinks that looked tropical and festive, but we would have preferred to enjoy those super-sweet beverages on another occasion  perhaps as dessert. There’s so much flavor already going on with the dish that water with a slice of lime would be great, or your favorite light to amber beer.

Suggested substitutions: If you’re a fan of smokey flavors, adding 1/4 tsp. chipotle pepper would be tasty. If you or someone you’re serving is not a fan of refried beans, you could mix in a can of whole black beans or even have beans on the side as an optional layer. Do you have your own tasty tweaks to this recipe? Let us know! We’d love to hear! In the meantime, check out these photos:

 

The home-made version is so much better than store-bought!

Chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Chipotle powder would also make a nice addition.

First layer: venison taco meat. Looks good already!

Second layer: freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

Third layer: a couple avocado slices per taco

Top it all off with the pico de gallo!

Feel free to add a can of refried beans to the venison taco meat to better suit your Mexican food craving (and feed more mouths, too)!

 

 

Venison tacos with refried beans

 

Venison Broth

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The holidays are upon us! Up here in northern Michigan, that means bundling up and heading outdoors to enjoy all the activities that winter has to offer: skiing and sledding down the slopes, trekking through the woods on snowshoe or crosscountry ski, and catching snowflakes on your tongue while you build a snowman. After a day of cold-weather adventures, what sounds better than a hot bowl of soup?

There are endless possibilities for using this broth to make a delicious soup that will warm you from the inside out. Let us know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs venison bones (ideally with a little meat left on)
  • 3-4 Tbs olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 Tbs juniper berries
  • 2 Tbs fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbs dried thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat bones with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Roast bones until brown, about one hour. Place bones in large stockpot or crockpot, cover with water and simmer for 2-3 hours, skimming froth off of the surface.

Place the following ingredients in cheesecloth and tie closed with string: garlic, juniper berries, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, and black pepper. Add this satchel to water with carrot, celery, and onion. Simmer for another 2 hours.

Strain broth. We recommend starting with tongs to remove bones, vegetables, and cheesecloth satchel. Pour broth through cheesecloth or a fine strainer to remove as many pieces as possible.

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We used a crockpot this time around, and think it came out well. If you go that route, remember to make sure that there is nothing between the lid and the top of the pot! At first we kept the string of the satchel hanging over the side, then realized that the broth wasn’t simmering as hot as we expected.

This recipe renders a generous amount, so feel free to put any extra broth in jars to save for later. Our batch never made it to the fridge, let alone the freezer – we transferred the broth to a big soup pot, added some fresh celery, carrots, bok choy, and leftover meat, and served it up family style. Multiple servings were had by all! Enjoy!

Roast venison bones until they are brown, about an hour.

Place all spices in a cheesecloth satchel closed with string.

 

Strain broth first with tongs, then through cheesecloth or a strainer.

Roasted Venison, Quinoa, Spinach Burgers

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Here in northern Michigan, it’s about that time of year when you might be in the mood for a healthy homemade burger, but not in the mood to stand outside in the freezing cold to grill it. This burger recipe is packed with iron, high in fiber, and does not require a winter coat! Makes 6 burgers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound venison, ground
  • 1 pound spinach, wilted
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine ground venison, spinach, and quinoa into mixing bowl. Add egg and spices. Mix until ingredients are evenly distributed throughout. Shape 6 equally sized patties and place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast until firm and browned, about 30 minutes. Place burger on bun, add favorite toppings. Alternatively, place patty on bed of prepared salad. Top with 1 Tbs dijon mustard. Pair with a casual glass of red wine, or a pint of beer (we chose PBR) and enjoy!

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When we made this recipe, we found that the patties broke apart very easily. Do you have any suggestions for improving the binding agent with this recipe? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you!

Burger spices: 1 tsp cumin, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Patties unmixed

Patties pre-roasting

Burger patty over salad, topped with dijon mustard. Yum!