For those who enjoy game meat, deer (venison) is a popular choice due to its rich flavor and lean, tender texture. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to fresh deer meat, we have a delightful recipe that will tantalize your taste buds. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a mouthwatering venison dish that will leave you craving for more.
Recipe: Venison Delight
- 1.5 pounds of venison steak or roast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Marinate the venison: In a bowl, I’m combine the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the venison pieces and marinate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, overnight in the refrigerator. This step enhances the flavor and tenderness of the meat.
- Sear the venison: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove the venison from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off. Sear the venison in batches, ensuring each piece gets a nice brown crust. Set the seared venison aside on a plate.
- Sauté the vegetables: In the same skillet, add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced red bell pepper, and sliced mushrooms. Sauté until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized, approximately 5-7 minutes.
- Simmer and tenderize: Return the seared venison to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables. Pour in the beef or vegetable broth, ensuring it covers the meat and vegetables. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet and let it gently simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the venison becomes tender and flavorful.
- Adjust seasoning: Taste the venison mixture and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your preference. The marinade and simmering process should have infused the meat with a delicious blend of flavors.
- Serve and enjoy: Once the venison is tender, remove the skillet from heat. Serve the venison delight over a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes or with a side of steamed vegetables. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for added freshness.
Venison delight is a fantastic way to savor the unique flavors of deer meat. With the right combination of marinade, searing, and slow simmering, you can transform venison into a tender and savory dish that will impress your taste buds and guests alike. So, the next time you have access to fresh deer meat, give this recipe a try and experience the deliciousness of venison delight. Happy cooking and bon appétit!