Wild Recipes

I shan’t wait one more minute before commending Hank Shaw, wild things chef. I have enjoyed and appreciated every one of his recipes I’ve tried, and that’s about 8, and have them on repeat anytime we’re treated with some venison.

Our dear friend just gifted venison to us, mostly ground and I have made Hank’s Greek Meatballs, Mexican Chipotle Meatballs, Potstickers, South African Venison Casserole, Meatloaf (which my husband who doesn’t favor meatloaf, delighted in), Chili (though at the time I only had ground beef to work with), and two versions of burgers.

The one is quite earthy as dried mushrooms are a main ingredient and worth the hunt.

The other burger recipe was removed from Hank’s blog because he personally wasn’t happy with it, but my husband “really” likes it, as do I, and a comment on his site lamented about not being able to find it, the person had made it before and was hunting it down. Thankfully I had put it in ink (one of the rare times!) and this is it. It does a really nice job of hiding that “gamey” taste if your venison is strong (but so do all of his recipes):

2 lbs venison, ground

1 tsp salt (or salt both sides at grilling time)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cloves, ground

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp caraway seeds

1/2 tsp fennel, ground

(I tweaked it a little by slightly increasing garlic and paprika and slightly decreasing clove and fennel) Mr. Shaw gets all the credit for this recipe, even though he might not want it.

And there are yet more recipes I want to try out! Like Swedish Meatballs, Teriyaki Meatballs, and his rustic-looking Venison Meat Pie. Hank’s recipes can be a little time consuming in steps, or in requiring the hunt of special ingredients, but in the end is gourmet wild meal. How awesome it would be to eat at this chef’s table!

You know you’re old fashioned and just old, when you delight in gifts of food, especially meat! Thank you to our dear friends Adam and Mariah and their lovely hearts.

“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:” Proverbs 30:8.


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