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."
A strong-tasting game bird like grouse is so tempting made this way. The lemon juice gives the savory sauce a refreshing spark. This versatile main dish is just as good prepared with chicken or turkey.
—Philan Welsh, Spencer, Wisconsin
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
As a palate-pleasing alternative to traditional pork sausage, my husband and I created this lower-fat version. It's moist, flavorful and delicious. We especially enjoy it for breakfast or brunch.
—Carol Heuschkel, Winsted, Connecticut
We raise ostriches on our farm on the eastern shore of Maryland, so we have an abundance of meat on hand to use for a variety of dishes. It's a lean meat that tastes similar to beef. My mother-in-law gave me this marinade recipe, and I've used it with a number of meats.
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
Our family especially enjoys this tender moose main dish in the fall and winter, when an oven meal really satisfies. The seasonings cover the game flavor wonderfully, and the tomatoes keep the meat nice and moist.
-Chris Mountain, Innisfail, Alberta
Since we have avid hunters in our family. I will quite often prepare game. Once it's stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this wild bird requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist.
I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. I started with a basic bread stuffing, then began adding different things from my cupboard. This is the recipe I came up with. The stuffing disappears long before the bird is gone!
My husband's family has enjoyed this satisfying gumbo for many years. Bold seasonings and savory sausage slices enhance the mild meat. John doesn't do much hunting anymore, but we still enjoy this Cajun dish on cool evenings.