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 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.
Braised pheasant thighs with parsley roots. Parsley wha? Yep, there is a variety of parsley that grows fat, juicy roots. But parsnips or carrots would work just fine in this lovely, delicate, late-winter recipe.
If you’ve never braised pheasant thighs, you’re missing out. Unlike the drumsticks, which can be fiddly, the thighs on pheasants (and wild turkeys) are sublime when slow cooked. This recipe is based on a French one and uses lots of mushrooms.
Belgian carbonnade flamande is one of that nation’s great gifts to world cuisine. It’s a dark, rich stew or braise that has a hint of sweet-sour-salty-spicy going on — and it’s fantastic with deer, elk or moose.
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.
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.
Quite possibly the best thing to make with wild turkey drumsticks and wings, which can be uber tough and stringy. Braise them slowly until the meat falls off the bone, then pull the meat, crisp it and serve it in tacos or burritos.