"I found this recipe in a cookbook many years ago, and it's become one of my favorites," reports Gloria Leiding of Fairmont, Minnesota. "It's a nice change of pace from the usual beef or pork. These game hens always seem festive."
Baked elk steaks smothered with a simple, savory sauce is a special dinner we've enjoyed for years. My husband, Ralph, and I used to do quite a bit of hunting, so I accumulated lots of terrific recipes like this one.
-Susan Bowdle, Ephrata, Washington
"My husband, Willard, and I own a hunting lodge and host about 16 hunters a week at our camp," says Edna Ylioja from Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan. "The slow cooker makes easy work of fixing this flavorful goose dish, which is a favorite of our guests. The recipe makes lots of savory gravy to serve over mashed potatoes."
"Since my husband is an avid hunter, we have an abundance of venison each winter," relates Teresa Bowen from Choudrant, Louisiana. "I adapted a meat loaf recipe to make these baked burgers, and we haven't eaten plain burgers since!"
My mom prepares this impressive-looking entree for the holidays and for other "company's coming" occasions. The savory rice stuffing goes wonderfully with the moist golden hens and sweet apricot glaze. She is often asked for the recipe.
-Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Venison gives a pleasant change-of-pace flavor to this quick-to-fix pasta casserole. "Since my husband is an avid hunter, I'm always trying to find new ways to prepare ground venison," writes Donna Thomas from Bark River, Michigan. "Even those who usually don't care for the meat will like this hearty on-dish meal."
I learned creative ways to prepare game while cooking for hunters at a lodge in Alaska, where my husband was a guide. Everyone enjoyed this savory stir-fry. It looks as good as it tastes.
—Darlene Kenning, Hutchinson, Minnesota