9 Stellar Recipes for Venison, the Other Red Meat

Bacon-Wrapped Rack of Venison © William Meppem
By F&W Editors Posted September 15, 2015

Lean and crazy-flavorful with just a hint of gaminess, venison is a perfect fall meat. While you probably won’t see it in most supermarkets, a good butcher should definitely have it if not now, then soon (deer season is just around the corner). Try making it at home with one of these incredible recipes.

Lean and crazy-flavorful with just a hint of gaminess, venison is a perfect fall meat. While you probably won’t see it in most supermarkets, a good butcher should definitely have it if not now, then soon (deer season is just around the corner). Try making it at home with one of these incredible recipes.

1. Bacon-Wrapped Rack of Venison 
There’s one rule for venison: It should be served rare and hot. Here, the lean meat gets extra flavor and fat from thin slices of smoky bacon.

2. Kalahari Venison Medallions with Plum Sauce 
Jacques Pépin developed this quick but sophisticated main dish using local African impala, but venison is a fine substitute.

3. Roasted Venison with Beach Plum Sauce 
Chef Jasper White likes to spit-roast a bone-in leg of venison for his holiday feasts. We’ve adapted his recipe for the home oven, for either a whole leg or boneless roast.

4. Potato, Green Bean and Venison Sausage Salad 
This is a true salad for meat-lovers.

5. Venison Medallions with Wilted Spinach Salad 
Tender venison is terrific with hearty lentils and grassy spinach.

6. Barbecued Venison Fajitas 
This superfast recipe for fajitas calls for strips of venison in place of traditional beef.

7. Pimentón-Grilled Venison with Oyster Mushrooms 
This recipe originated in Moorish southern Spain. It calls for venison because of Muslim proscriptions against pork.

8. Balsamic-Glazed Rack of Venison 
Charlie Palmer’s elegant rack of venison is a dramatic dinner party centerpiece.

9. Venison with Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce 
This recipe is packed with fall flavors: There are toasted pecans, tangy cranberries and juicy venison medallions.

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