“While looking for an alternative to pan-frying our venison steak, we decided to give it a little Italian flair,” writes Phil Zipp from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. ”Our idea turned out to be a big hit with our family and friends.”
An easy overnight marinade spiced with cinnamon and cumin adds wonderful flavor to these game hens. "My family enjoys them often during the grilling season," writes Marcia Bland of North Platte, Nebraska.
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
"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."
These golden brown birds are tender and juicy, and stuffed with a savory mixture of pork, apple and raisins. "I've had this recipe for some time, and it always makes a great meal," writes Delia Kennedy of Deer Park, Washington.
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.
"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.