"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."
In Clear, Alaska, reader Janette Yingling rolls up venison tenderloin with thin slices of ham and Swiss cheese before baking. She serves the attractive venison rolls with crusty French bread for dipping in the broth.
Venison is a nice change of pace from turkey for a holiday meal. This meat loaf doesn’t taste gamey, and our guests enjoy it—especially the ones who stay with us during hunting season.—Lorraine McClain, Republican City, NE
My husband enjoyed deer hunting for many years, so I was challenged to find ways to put that meat to good use. This nicely seasoned roast is a real treat with the homemade spaetzle and flavorful gravy.
-Helen Featherly, Hamburg, Michigan
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.
"Venison is not typically the best meat for grilling, but with this marinade, the steaks come out tender, juicy and delicious," writes Brenda Koehmstedt of Rugby, North Dakota. "They're so tasty, in fact, that leftovers taste great cold--right from the fridge!"
"My husband's an avid hunter and fisherman, so we often try new recipes with elk, deer, rabbit, turkey or fish. Our family loves this special game dish," says Sandy Green from Ignacio, Colorado. The elk fillets are dressed up in puff pastry and drizzled with a savory onion-mushroom sauce.
Succulent quail with a snappy sauce makes an impressive entree. "This dish tastes wonderful over rice or toast points. Sometimes I'll use cinnamon toast to add delicate flavor," says Chris Sendelbach of Henry, Illinois.
"For a good-looking hearty venison entree without a strong game flavor, I recommend these cabbage rolls," says field editor Marcy Cella of L'Anse, Michigan. "They have a moist meaty filling and wonderful old-world flavor."