- Wild Game
After a frustrating 2014, a year of many false starts, I am overjoyed to announce that I will indeed be writing a third cookbook! This one will be to venison (in all its forms) what Duck, Duck, Goose was to waterfowl.
This is a bit like venison barbacoa, but this version, from the Yucatan in southern Mexico, is so zippy it’s just as good eaten as a cold salad. Either way, this is an excellent recipe for a front shoulder, neck or roast.
Venison steaks served with a fantastic wild rice pilaf. It’s an unusual pilaf, made when I decided to play a game of bouncing flavors, colors and textures off each other. Want to learn how to do this? Read on.
If you’ve read this space for very long, you know how much I love meatballs. One reason is because pretty much every nation makes them. This is a Mexican classic, albondigas al chipotle. Yep. chipotle venison meatballs, baby!
If you hunt deer, you need to know this recipe. It’s a staple here at the house, making a fantastic, lean version of corned beef that’s great for sandwiches, with cabbage or in hash. You will find yourself making it all the time…
Merguez sausages are the signature link of North Africa, which, as you probably know, is a Muslim region — so, no pork. That makes them a perfect fit for an all-venison sausage! This is a pretty traditional merguez recipe, full of flavor and spicy, but not overly hot.
Hungarians are justifiably proud of their cuisine. Thus the quotes around my use of the term “goulash.” This isn’t actually gulyas, as the Hungarians would write it, it’s porkolt. But here in America we’d still call it goulash. Call it whatever you want, it’s both simple and damn good.
In the pantheon of meatballs this is one of the best. Going by the unfortunate name “faggots” (or the mystifying “savoury ducks”), these are really just damn good meatballs, delicately spiced and with a bit of liver tossed in.