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4 Special Venison Recipes for the Holidays

The holidays are a perfect time to celebrate deer season with family and friends, and these four special venison recipes will help you do just that

4 Special Venison Recipes for the Holidays
The harvest is only part of the hunting experience. Venison is a joy to prepare for the holidays and it tastes great. Share one of these special venison recipes with your loved ones this season. (Tiphani St. Romain photo)
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To me, deer hunting is a gift from God and a cherished part of life. I can't imagine not being able to harvest my own meat or share in the hunt's bounty with family and friends.

Each year, I share some special venison recipes that are particularly well suited to the holiday season. This year's collection is a bit of a departure, though, in that I'm presenting some dishes that honor those who have passed on before us.

I'm a true Cajun, born and raised in Louisiana. So as you might imagine, I'm including an old-school French recipe or two. But you don't have to be Cajun, or anything else in particular, to enjoy these dishes. I really believe that after you've tried them, you'll want to share with others who also enjoy venison.

What I like to do is simplify over-the-top recipes so anyone of any skill level can easily prepare them and make a great meal. Yes, I could present some incredibly complex dishes and take half this magazine trying to make myself look like some culinary genius, but that wouldn't help anyone. It would be silly to waste a bunch of food, energy and time making goofy dishes nobody in their right mind wants to make at home. Becoming one of those prima donna chefs making frou-frou platters has never entered my brain.

If you're lucky enough to have acquired some venison this season, congratulations! Make sure to have your chosen beverages, great spices and fresh herbs at the ready. Then break out the "good" dishes and call as many family members and friends as you can stand to have over at one time.

Venison Steak Au Poivre Recipe

Venison Steak Au Poivre Recipe
Venison Steak Au Poivre Recipe (Tiphani St. Romain photo)

This gourmet peppered venison steak recipe tastes like it came straight out of a five-star restaurant and is super simple to prepare.


  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed or cracked
  • 6-8 venison steaks, thick cut
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Pink sea salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons chicken base paste in ½ cup hot water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Get the Recipe: Venison Steak Au Poivre Recipe

Cajun Smoked Venison Neck Recipe

Cajun Smoked Venison Neck Recipe
Cajun Smoked Venison Neck Recipe (Tiphani St. Romain photo)

Anyone that has prepared venison neck before will tell you the best way is to smoke the meat and then cook it in wine.


  • 1 deer neck, bone in
  • 2 Vidalia onions, rough chopped
  • 3 bell peppers, rough chopped
  • 6-8 stalks celery, rough chopped
  • 4 portobello mushrooms, rough chopped
  • 1 fresh whole garlic (6 bulbs)
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions
  • Fresh basil chiffonade
  • 3 cups beef stock or demi glaze
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 ring smoked kielbasa sausage

Dry Rub Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons blackened steak seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Zatarain's Pro Boil

Get the Recipe: Cajun Smoked Venison Neck Recipe


N'awlins Venison Dirty Rice Recipe

N'awlins Venison Dirty Rice Recipe
N'awlins Venison Dirty Rice Recipe (Tiphani St. Romain photo)

Get a taste of New Orleans with this Venison Dirty Rice Recipe.


  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease (or 5 strips bacon)
  • 1 pound ground venison (can substitute 1 pound breakfast-style venison sausage)
  • 1 pound chicken livers, chopped and ground fine
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 sweet onions, diced
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine-ground black pepper

Get the Recipe: N'awlins Venison Dirty Rice Recipe

Venison Steak Diane Recipe

Venison Steak Diane Recipe (Tiphani St. Romain photo)

This Venison Steak Diane Recipe utilizes the pan juices to create a thick and flavorful sauce.


  • ½ pound venison backstrap (can substitute boned lamb loin or beef filet mignon)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ½ cup beef stock or demi glaze
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Minced herbs for garnish (basil, parsley, chives, etc.)

Get the Recipe: Venison Steak Diane Recipe

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