Cocoa Chile Spice Rubbed Antelope and Whitetail Eye of Rounds with a Raisin Demi-glace and Smoked Corn Sauce, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

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A simple dry rub with black cocoa and chile powder coat antelope or venison eye of rounds, and after a quick grill, served with a jalapeño raisin demi-glace, smoked corn sauce and yummy tangy cheddar mashed potatoes.  The demi-glace, and smoked corn sauce can be made the day ahead, and just reheated while the meat is grilled.    … [Read more...]

Antelope Tagine with Vegetables and Dates

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My Ras el Hanout spice blend contains 28 ingredients, and I've included the list and method for making your own "k'meesa"(aka "secret stash"). But If you're not up to purchasing and creating the spice blend, African, Middle Eastern and other specialty grocery stores will have bags of Ras el Hanout already mixed.  Williams-Sonoma has good one too!   … [Read more...]

Chinese Red Stock Braised Venison Shanks

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Traditionally used for braised duck legs or pork belly, the red cooking broth imparts a distinctively Chinese flavor to these venison shanks. This “red cooking stock” has several Chinese spices, as well as a touch of rock sugar and sherry to create a salty-sweet-spicy braising liquid for slow braised venison shanks. Make a double batch of the red cooking stock and freeze half to use for whatever … [Read more...]

Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped BBQ Glazed Smoked Antelope Meatloaf

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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!

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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

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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...]

Canned Venison with Mushroom Pan Gravy

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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

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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!!

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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

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  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...]

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...]

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...]

Breaking it Down: The Venison Hind Quarter

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Breaking it Down: The Venison Hind Quarter -  When Bobbie Jo makes a venison recipe and mentions cuts like “Eye of Round” or “Top Sirloin” where do these cuts come from on a deer? These and many other cuts are from its hind leg, also called the hind quarter.  In this post I’ll show where the major cuts of meat come from on the deer but focus on the hind quarter since it can be … [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...]