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Friday Feast: All Things Venison

Friday Feast: All Things Venison

This weekend is The Big Game which may also call for a big gathering of friends and family. If you're looking to prepare a dish (or a few), share these drool-worthy wild game snacks where everyone won't just be rooting for their team, but also for these delectable bites!

Venison Sliders

(Image and Recipe/ Independent.co.uk)

350-400g coarsely minced venison, including 20 per cent beef fat 
10 mini burger buns 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
10tsp redcurrant jelly 
A little vegetable or corn oil for brushing
Makes 10

1. Mold the coarsely minced venison into patties which are slightly larger than the buns; you can do this by hand or alternatively by pressing the meat into a pastry cutter.
2. Lightly oil a ribbed griddle or heavy frying pan, season the burgers and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, keeping them medium rare.
3. Halve the buns and sandwich together with the burgers with a little redcurrant jelly on each.

Venison Queso Dip

(Photo and Recipe/ Legendary Whitetails)

1 cup ground venison 
Seasonings below are portioned for a full pound of ground venison
2 teaspoons creole seasoning
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
16 ounces Velveeta, cubed
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
1/2 cup canned chopped green chiles
1/2 cup salsa verde

1. Brown the ground venison. While it’s browning add in the creole seasoning, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until browned. Set aside.
2. Add cubed velveeta and shredded monterey jack cheese to a small crock pot on high.
3. Once cheese is melted, add the tomato, green chiles, salsa, and meat to crock pot. Mix well, let it heat through, and serve hot.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Venison Bites

(Photo and Recipe/360 Whitetail)

1-2 lbs of venison, cut into approx. 2-inch cubes
1 package of bacon of choice
Marinade of choice

1. Begin by using your choice of venison. This can either be a roast cut into 2-inch square pieces, trimmings at least 2-inches square or small cubes of shoulder.
2. Next, prepare a marinade of your choice. We prefer the following marinade, but you’re free to make your own.

Venison Marinade
¾ cup of olive oil
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
¾ cup of soy sauce (preferably low sodium)
1 tsp of garlic salt
¼ cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp of Sriracha chili sauce
1 tsp of PB2 powdered peanut butter

3. Pour marinade into a gallon ziplock bag. Place the venison bites into the ziplock and allow to marinate in the refrigerator.
4. After the venison has marinated for at least 4-6 hours, begin to prepare the bacon. Simply cut full-length bacon strips in half.
5. Remove the venison bits from the marinade and wrap them individually with a half of strip of bacon. Fasten the bacon with a toothpick.
6. Once the bacon wrapped venison bites are wrapped, you can garnish with any seasoning of your choice.
7. Preheat grill to medium heat and cook venison bites until slightly pink in the middle.
8. Remove and serve hot.

Let us know if you're preparing any wild game inspired snacks for The Big Game at @NRABlog or in the comments below!

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