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Chocolomo. I just love saying the name. It’s a Mexican stew made with beef or venison, and it is amazing. The flavor is so deep and rich you just want to keep eating it. The secret? Char. There’s a whole lotta blackening going on here, and the result is a revelation.
Mole, pronounced “mole-ay,” is a set of masterful, rich and luxurious sauces from Mexico. There are seven great moles from Oaxaca in the south, and this is one of them. Mole chichilo is actually served with venison there, so I thought I’d recreate the recipe here for you. If you make it, you’re in for a treat.
This is my master recipe for venison chili, and it is the best chili you have probably ever had. Seriously. It’s won awards. Beans or no beans, and, honestly, any meat, this is a recipe you need to know by heart. It’s that good.
If you like the classic Chinese dish kung pao chicken, you’ll love kung pao venison. This is a pretty authentic Chinese version of the dish, which isn’t as sweet as the typical steam-table Chinese stuff you get at Sad Panda.
This is the dish I made to celebrate my first blacktail buck since 2009. It is the tenderloin of the deer, served with wild ingredients from a stone’s throw of where that deer last stood. Cooking with a sense of place sharpens the mind and roots you into your environment.
Deer hunting in California’s vast coastal A Zone is a chancy affair. It had been six years since I’d tagged a buck in this area, but I had to give it a go again this year. It was a hunt I will never forget.
There are lots of variants on the classic Spanish chorizo, and this is one from Argentina. It’s a very simple fresh sausage, grilled and served with chimichurri on a roll. Here’s how to make it.
A Greek-inspired venison stew slowly simmered with all sorts of wild greens, from dandelions to lamb’s quarters to wild fennel, amaranth, orache — really whatever you can find. Of course this is also great with turnip or mustard greens, kale or collards, too.