"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."
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 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."
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
I served game hens at a diplomatic dinner when my wife, Ruth, was the defense attaché at the American Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. They were an appealing choice because they filled a plate and garnered many fine comments.—Andy Anderson, Graham, Washington
Growing up in Tennessee, Southern or Country-Fried Chicken was a staple in our home. It wasn't until I moved to South Carolina that I was introduced to quail and discovered different ways to prepare it. —Athena M. Russell, Florence, South Carolina