"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.
Tender cubes of beef are treated to a burgundy wine sauce and savory vegetables in Sherri Mott's robust entree. "I made this often when I worked full-time," she writes from New Carlisle, Indiana. "It's good over noodles or mashed potatoes."
"In the 15 years I've been making this stir-fry, I've shared the recipe many times," writes Delia Kennedy from Deer Park, Washington. "When our children were still at home, the offered to was the pan after dinner to encourage me to make it!"
If your family leans toward beef recipes, give this one from Jennifer Rahe a try. Her stick-to-your-ribs mainstay gets its tang from a low-fat sauce of yogurt and gravy. "Add a tossed salad and a basket of biscuits for a complete meal," she suggests from St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Nancy Cox of Martinsville, Indiana spices up autumn evenings with this zippy stew, a blend of Italian turkey sausage, seasoned tomato broth, pasta and veggies. "This reheats well and tastes even better the next day," she says.
"This is such an easy way to do meatballs without all the mess of frying and turning each one," writes Dorothy Stegall of Appleton, Wisconsin. Best of all, they can be made ahead and frozen, then added to the tangy, vegetable-rich sauce and served over noodles or rice.