"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."
This flavorful stew works well with a variety of wild game. The meat turns out to be very tender and the sauce is thick, with a nice pepper presence. We like the stew on the hot side, so season to your taste.
"This is our favorite way to fix venison tenderloin," says Sandra Robinson of Fair Grove, Missouri. "The marinade and coating eliminate the wild flavor in these tender mouthwatering steaks."—Sandra Robinson, Fair Grove, Missouri
When he simmers a pot of his satisfying stew, Rick Sullivan of Henryville, Indiana stirs plenty of garlic and herbs into a hearty meat-and-vegetable mixture. "This stew tastes great right off the stove but it's even better if you make it ahead and reheat it," he says.
My mother, who claims she can detect venison in any recipe, didn't have a clue it was in this tender meat loaf until we told her after dinner. She raved about this flavorful main dish the entire time she was eating it!
-Liz Gilchrist, Bolton, Ontario
I had no choice but to lean to cook some years ago while my wife recuperated from surgery. But I found I really enjoyed trying different recipes and adapting them to my own taste—that's how my now-famous stew recipe came to be! —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama
"My husband hunts for deer every November, so I'm always looking for new recipes for venison," relates Ruth Setterlund from Fryeburg, Maine. "The whole family loves these slow cooker sandwiches, seasoned with soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and hot pepper sauce." —Ruth Setterlund, Freyburg, Maine
The refreshing sauce Mom makes with thyme, lemon juice and butter gives these hens savory flavor throughout. The seasonings in this recipe also work great on a whole roasted chicken. Either way, the result is a mouthwatering feast.—Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina