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Star Anise, Juniper Berry, & Peppercorn Crusted Venison Cutlets

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Star Anise, Juniper Berry, & Peppercorn Crusted Venison Cutlets

Star Anise, Juniper Berry, & Peppercorn Crusted Venison Cutlets

Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2-4
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  • ½ Star anise
  • 3 Juniper berries
  • 15-20 Peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. Coarse salt
  • 1 Strip of bacon/cutlet
  • ¼ c. Dried cranberries
  • ¼ c. Red wine
  • 3 Tbs. Black cherry juice
  • 3 Tbs. Beef Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Flour
  • Sinew

  1. Cutlets: Grind star anise, juniper berries, peppercorns, and salt in a mortar and pestle. Cut off any sinew and set aside. Lightly score the top of each cutlet and rub in spice mix on the top of each one. The cutlets take very little time to cook so it is best to partially precook your bacon. Wrap your bacon around each cutlet using a toothpick to hold it in place. For rare to medium-rare, grill spice side up for 3-4 minutes, flip and continue cooking for 3-4 more minutes. Finish in the oven at 350F for 5 minutes and let rest.
  2. Cranberry, Black Cherry, & Red Wine Reduction: In a small bowl, add dried cranberries, red wine, black cherry juice and beef juice to rehydrate the cranberries for 15-20 minutes. In a small sauce pan, add butter and pieces of sinew you cut off the venison and simmer on medium high until tightly browned. Add liquid mixture to the sauce pan and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, strain, and serve.

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Calling All Venison Recipes!

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Calling All Venison Recipes!


We’ve got some exciting news: We will be updating our website shortly and want YOU to be a part of it! Join our community and contribute to our NEW library of recipes from fellow venison lovers! Do you have a family recipe that’s always a huge hit at parties? Or an experimentation that went wonderfully well? Tell us about it! It could be an entree, marinade, sausage recipe, appetizer, lunch salad, midnight snack, anything!


So many people today are turned off by the idea of eating – let alone cooking with – venison. They are intimidated by all the rumors about venison being “always overcooked”, “tough” or “gamey tasting”. People with  health conscious diets are aware of the fact that venison is one of the leanest, most nutrition-packed proteins you can find, however they are scared to cook with it for fear of ruining it. We’re here to debunk those myths and to let people know that VENISON IS DELICIOUS AND NOT SCARY TO COOK WITH! With the right ingredients and basic tools, venison can be a very rich, tender, and lean protein that can easily swap out fattier beef and pork in most meals. Venison can even be a secret weapon: use venison instead of beef in a meal prepared for a picky eater, don’t tell them what you’ve done, and see if they notice the difference! We bet that if they do notice, they’ll think you’ve improved the recipe, but they won’t quite be able to put their finger on how you did! At least, that’s our experience with Michigan Whitetail venison. But getting back to the recipes themselves….


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