- Wild Game
When life gives you the shanks from large deer, braise them whole. Cooked slow and low, shanks get so tender no knife is needed. This Austrian recipe is absolutely a keeper, if only for the sauerkraut alone: As you’ll see, it’s not your normal kraut.
Hungarians like their paprika. They put it in everything, even salami. I happen to love this salami: Tangy, zippy with paprika and garlic but not overly spicy. Normally this is a pork salami, but I’ve done it with duck here. Most meats will work.
I used to hate meatloaf. Loathe it, really. But once I realized that a good meatloaf is, essentially, a giant meatball, I saw the light. So here it is, the one and only meatloaf recipe on this website. Enjoy!
Jerky seems so simple, but the difference between good jerky and great jerky is profound. At last, I think I’ve finally made a great jerky!
Barbacoa is a kind of Mexican barbecue where meats (usually beef) are wrapped in leaves with warming spices and baked in a pit. My version of barbacoa uses venison, but it tastes a lot like the barbacoa you’ll get at Chipotle or in regular Mexican restaurants – it’s an ideal taco or burrito meat.
My mom makes a mean lasagna. It was one of our staple meals when I was a kid. This is essentially her recipe, handed down to me, only I use ground venison instead of ground beef. I hope you like it, ’cause I sure do!
Chunks of venison marinated in North African harissa and skewered with vegetables. Grilled right, this is about as good as it gets for a summertime dinner of wild game.
Beef or venison tartare is the “trust fall” of the culinary world: Raw meat and a raw egg yolk. If your ingredients are not impeccable, things can go very, very wrong. But done right, this is at once a primal and exciting little appetizer.
There is a cook’s maxim that goes something like, “if it grows together it goes together.” Well, this venison stew puts that into practice. Almost everything in this stew can be found in commercial deer “food plot” seed mixes. Shoot the deer, and serve it with the field you shot it in.
It’s not often I remake a five-year-old recipe and change nothing. This Greek meatball recipe — venison (or lamb), bulgur wheat, oregano and a Greek tomato sauce — is one such dish. Nice to know some dishes hold up well over time.