"Because my husband hunts, I'm always trying new ways to use venison," writes Jan Stahl of Flin Flon, Manitoba. "When I incorporated it into my meat pie recipe - a traditional Fresh-Canadian dish - it was a smash hit! We make dozens of these pies as Christmas gifts."
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!"
Wyoming is a paradise for people like us who enjoy hunting. My husband was thrilled when our jobs brought us here over 20 years ago. I've been cooking game since I was a girl, so I use recipes like this enticing elk dish often. It's one of our favorites.
-Dolores Crock, Cheyenne, Wyoming
This stew-like soup from Cordella Campbell of Rapid City, South Dakota is sure to satisfy your hearty hunter's appetite. It's chock-full of tender buffalo meat, tomatoes, and chunks of carrot and potato, lightly seasoned with bay leaf and clove.
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
Moist tender trout is draped in a creamy Parmesan cheese coating that makes this dish elegant enough to serve company. "I picked up this recipe at the campground where we were staying," says Mary Zimmerman of Spring Lake, Michigan. "I also use the delicious sour cream mixture on salmon."