When most people think of venison dishes they think of venison sausages, stew or steak. All those dishes are great but sometimes it’s good to break from tradition and try something new. With that said, here’s a look at five venison dishes you may have never thought of making:
1. Venison Empanadas
Venison empanadas make a superlative dinner entrée. You can prepare them using homemade dough or with store bought dough shells. A package of empanada dough shells may typically be bought in select grocery stores or online for $38 a case. I have made them both ways and find the shells a good option if you are pressed for time.
2. Venison Stuffed Wontons
Why not buy a package of wonton wrappers and make some venison stuffed wontons? You could deep fry the wontons or make them into wonton soup. If you decide to make the soup you’ll need to boil the wontons in broth. I’d suggest that you use beef broth instead of chicken broth. Wonton wrappers are generally available through most major grocery stores and tend to sell for $3 a bag.
3. Venison Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie doesn’t have to be filled with lamb, pork or beef. You can also use venison. When using venison, however, I like to really twist the recipe by throwing in some wild mushrooms and adding cheese to the mashed potatoes.
4. Venison Chili
Venison chili is a good choice if you want to break out the crock pot. I like using three kinds of beans in my venison chili but you may choose to do otherwise. It is also a great way to cook cuts of venison that tend to be on the tough side. Simmering in the crock pot for several hours has a way of making it tender.
5. Venison Sliders
If you want a light dinner or are cooking for kids, you may want to consider making venison sliders with a side of sweet potato fries. The sliders can be topped with cheeses, mushrooms and other items to expand the meal’s flavor profile. Personally, I have found that adding a little chipotle mayonnaise to the venison slider really gives it a unique taste. You can find several recipes for chipotle mayonnaise online.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys the great outdoors with her family and has a history of cooking wild game.
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