Bourbon Glazed Game Meat Skewers with Dirty Rice

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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...]

Venison and Wild Pig Bolognese with Homemade Potato Gnocchi

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Chunky scraps of wild game gently braised in tomatoes and milk create a fabulous sauce for homemade gnocchi.  For years I've been working on my jinx of all recipes... gnocchi. You'd think something with just three ingredients can't be tough to do, but I'll tell you, gnocchi is more about technique than ingredient driven.  Each time I make gnocchi, I feel myself getting closer to that … [Read more...]

Venison Heart Anticuchos

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Walk around most any street in Peru, or attend a sports event and Beef Heart Anticuchos will be the snack you'll most likely encounter. The slightly spicy, tangy meats on a stick are a favorite of Peruvians.  They are so easy to make, and utilize a part of the animal most wouldn't consider.  With a quick marinade in ahi panca sauce, these tasty bites only need a skewer and a few minutes … [Read more...]

Venison Shish Ka-Bobbie Jo

Summer is on it's way so that means it's time to pull out the grill! And this is hands down my favorite shish-ka-bob made my way, so I decided to name it after myself. lol For the best flavor, marinate the venison no less than 24 hours.   I suggest you use a dry aged top butt or backstrap for the most tender cut and cook it no more than medium-rare.

Summer is on it's way so that means it's time to pull out the grill! And this is hands-down my favorite shish kabob made my way, so I decided to name it after myself. lol For the best flavor, marinate the venison no less than 24 hours. I suggest you use a dry aged top butt or backstrap for the most tender cut and cook it to no more than rare to medium-rare. Click on the thumbnail to the … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Dutch Ham “Popeye”

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Growing up in Central PA with a Pennsylvania Dutch Grand-mother whose family name was Yingling, and a Mother who made lots of inventions with second day dinners, we have a dish using leftover ham and homemade noodles my Mom always referred to as "Popeye." From what I gather, the original PA Dutch name is "botboi" or pot pie. How it came to be re-named "popeye" in my family is a mystery, and quite … [Read more...]

Wild Game Tamales

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Gilbert Loredo: Because this recipe is fairly easy but time consuming, make it a party by inviting friends and relatives to all share in the fun and make a large batch. And remember to taste test quite often. This recipe can be easily modified for added flavors or different types of meat from domestic to wild game!! By Gilbert Loredo         … [Read more...]

Horseradish Crusted Venison Top Sirloin with Black Currant Sauce and Caraway Seed Spaetzle Gratin

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A roasted venison top sirloin (aka "football roast") is topped with a horseradish panko crust and served with an easy black currant sauce.  The sweetness from the sauce is a great foil for the bite of horseradish.  Add a side of homemade creamy cheesy caraway seed spaetzle and Sunday dinner just reached a whole new level!   … [Read more...]

Canned Venison Risotto with Smoked Gouda and Toasted Walnuts

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What to make with my last quart jar of canned of 2013 venison before making a new batch? Risotto of course! Given my background, I can’t go more than a few weeks without making risotto. I have made risotto in many different ways with many different additions of vegetables, cheeses, and meats. Even making risotto cakes with leftovers makes the enjoyment of risotto last longer. And canning meats is … [Read more...]