Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped BBQ Glazed Smoked Antelope Meatloaf

IMG_5308

YEP! It’s okay if you need to read that again! Since I run my own personal chef business, called Cookin' Wild, I’ll admit my approach to wild game cooking can be a bit more on the gourmet side. When I receive calls from Silicon Valley execs, or celebrities, wanting a wild game dinner, I’m challenged to create their vision of wild game. I pull out my culinary tweezers (yes, that’s right, … [Read more...]

“Braised” the step by step instructions for making the toughest cuts mouthwatering tender!

IMG_0070

On any animals, the legs, shanks, and shoulders have the worst reputation for being tough, stringy, chewy, full of tendons and basically, only thought of as usable for grind or the soup pot.  But when cooked properly, these cuts can be transformed into a flavorful showstopper!  My favorite way is to use a low and slow method of OVEN BRAISING these cuts.  The work is minimal, and … [Read more...]

Port Red Wine Braised Venison Shanks with Mushroom Sauce, Asiago Polenta and Sautéed Kale

IMG_0070

Do you think the shank meat is best suited for the grind pile because it's not good for anything else? Well, after a long slow braise, the tough, stringy, sinewy shanks are fork tender, and full of flavor.  This dish is reminiscent of the Italian countryside when paired with creamy asiago polenta, and kale.    … [Read more...]

Crockpot: BBQ Wild Pig Shoulder Baked Potatoes

IMG_3271

This easy recipe makes a whole crockpot full of yummy BBQ meat that can be used for all kinds of dishes.  I LOVE stuffed baked potatoes and I load it with the bbq meat and lots of extra toppings!! One of these potatoes is a whole meal by itself! Great for taking to a picnic, Super Bowl party, or anytime you want. I used a spice rub recipe adapted from Cheryl and Bill Jamison's cookbook … [Read more...]

Sous Vide Wild Pig Leg Shiitake Mushroom Terrine

IMG_4632

A yummy appetizer made by creating wild pig rillettes with a Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven (or immersion circulator), which can be served as part of an elegant first course or as part of a charcuterie platter for a buffet.  While the preparation takes up to three days, most of the time is refrigeration or inactive cooking.  Once you season and seal up the vacuum bags with the meat inside, … [Read more...]

Canned Venison with Mushroom Pan Gravy

IMG_3096

I was really short on time tonight so I decided to forgo a lengthy recipe. And instead, I grabbed a jar of canned venison. Before adding the venison, I made a quick pan gravy with mushrooms, shallots, and canned venison stock. OMG is was so yummy…. and quick!! To make the pan gravy, I’m going to use the “singering” method. It’s what is used in Southern cooking. It’s so easy and no … [Read more...]

Venison Loin Medallions with Black Truffle Foie Gras Pate, Cabernet Venison Sauce

IMG_4125

Decadence without breaking the budget! These venison loin medallions are topped with a black truffle foie gras pate and served with potatoes, glazed carrots and trumpet mushrooms. It's so incredibly easy and your guests will think you've slaved for hours in the kitchen but it only took minutes to transform the venison medallions into a dish worthy of a four star restaurant. Black truffles and foie … [Read more...]

Dem Bones Dem Bones: Roasted Venison (Game) Stock!!

IMG_2357

ROASTED VENISON STOCK  Here in the He Hunts She Cooks kitchen, we like to employ “nose to tail” concept. Utilizing as much of the animal as possible, keeps waste to a minimum and creates some awesome dishes! Chefs love those often discarded bits such as offal (organ meats), tail, bones, cheeks, and hooves, for the proteins that are extracted during the cooking process. These proteins such … [Read more...]

Canning Game Meat

IMG_4032

  Click on the image to the right to watch Bobbie Jo's video on canning venison!   PRESSURE CANNING WILD GAME Late each Summer there is always that one day when I can point to and notice a slight change which signals Autumn is coming. The breeze is a bit cooler, and almost overnight the leaves begin to lose that summer green tint. That familiar spicy smell from … [Read more...]

Bourbon Glazed Game Meat Skewers with Dirty Rice

IMG_3719

Many years ago while living on the East Coast, I used to take my daughters to a food court restaurant called, Cajun Cafe. Their bourbon chicken/pork was soooo good! I’d get mine with a little extra spice. Since I moved to Cali I craved it but hadn’t found a Cajun Cafe, so I decided to experiment. With bourbon, brown sugar, and a kick of cayenne… I think it’s as close as I can get to their version. … [Read more...]

Sous Vide Rack of Wild Boar with Sous Vide Sausage Fig Dressing and Fig Port Sauce

IMG_3551

This rack of wild pig is slowly cooked in a water oven to create one of the most tender racks I've ever made. Wild pig loin has very little fat, so it can be a challenge to cook without drying it. But with the help of sous vide cooking, the result is nothing short of perfection. I also made a wonderful sausage fig dressing which was also easy to make in the water oven. Once I made the … [Read more...]

Kufta (kofta) with Tzatziki

_-3

We're going to the Middle East with Meat on a Stick Monday! I love the spices and flavors of the Middle East. With so many countries in close proximity to each other there is an overlap of cuisine. Kufta (or kofta) are little meatballs or meatloaves skewered and cooked over an open fire. Many Middle Eastern countries have their own variation of them. Greece, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, and … [Read more...]

Elk Sate (Satay) with Peanut Sauce

IMG_3445

 Elk striploin is marinated for 24 hours, then quickly grilled and drizzled with a simple peanut sauce for a play on an Indonesian favorite. I made it a main course with coconut milk rice and steamed edamame with chili flakes and black pepper! Meats on a stick are the perfect food.     It can also be served as a buffet appetizer by placing the skewers on a bed of dry roasted … [Read more...]

Homemade Gnocchi for Venison and Wild Pig Bolognese

IMG_2324

Tender little potato dumplings are covered in a rich meaty bolognese! I've been working on my gnocchi recipe for years, and each time they get better.  With just three ingredients, this recipe is more about technique than ingredient driven.  Give this recipe a try.   The key to fluffy light gnocchi is using the right potatoes and cooking them to be dry, so the gnocchi stay light. … [Read more...]