Category Archives: Wild Game Recipes

Fresh Herb Venison Meatballs

If you haven’t caught on just yet, I love venison. I’m always looking for new ways to cook it, as well as testing out ways to replace beef with venison in classic recipes.

My husband and I both had successful hunting seasons in 2014, with each of us putting one deer in the freezer. We were able to grind a lot, and as such I’ve become the delighted master of ground venison recipes. Meatloaf, tacos, Hunter’s pie, you name it, I’ve made a venison version!

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Hunter’s Pie (Venison Shepherd’s Pie)

I love venison, and I love hearty meals. So even though it’s been 80-something degrees outside lately, I still find myself longing for a nice, rich meal. The trick to pulling off a heavy meal is to cook early or cook outside, and enjoy as the day cools off.

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Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

Let me preface this recipe by saying: NO, this is not the one with the jelly. There are recipes out there for dishes that include jelly in the meatballs, or served on top, and while it is clearly enjoyed by some, I have to admit I am of the group that shudder at the thought. Blegh.

Anyway, this recipe is relatively quick, is cooked in one pot, and is simply to die for. It’s rich, delicious, creamy, warm and filling – I know, not the type of recipe you’re usually looking for in April! But since Winter refuses to let go here in New England, we are still enjoying our hearty recipes, this one especially. Every time I make it, my husband asks when we will be having it again before his bowl is even empty! Continue reading