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6 Easy Venison Recipes for Date Night

Skip the take out and sweep your partner off their feet with one of these six mouthwatering venison recipes.

6 Easy Venison Recipes for Date Night

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As deer hunters, we all know the importance of thorough preparation. If you're serious about bringing home the trophy of a lifetime, you wouldn't even think about hitting the treestand without first setting up a few trail cameras, fine-tuning your bow or gun, picking out the right kind of apparel, or spraying down with more scent product than a New York City department store. We know it's about more than just showing up – it's about quality presentation.

In the same way, date night has a lot to do with presentation. When it comes to wooing your spouse or a prospective candidate, you better bring your "A" game – or you may be sleeping on a couch in your mom's basement longer than expected. Guys, this isn't the time to pull out your frequent meal punch pass for the local fast food taco joint. The last thing you want to say to a beautiful woman on an important date is, "Hey girl, I hope you're enjoying that triple layer taco with refried beans and sub-standard ground meat. I think we've got a future."

It's true that a great meal can cover a multitude of stupid jokes and awkward silences, but a bad meal can shipwreck the whole deal.

So deer hunters, if you're good at what you do, you automatically have something in your favor and in your freezer – an abundance of succulent deer meat, calling your industriously charming name. While other guys have frozen TV dinners and Red Lobster, you've got a hand-crafted gourmet meal waiting to happen and a girl ready to be swept off her feet. Cooking an amazing meal, after all, is like playing the guitar – it makes all the girls go crazy.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we've got you covered, with six great venison recipes for date night. From mouth-watering venison steaks to juicy, gourmet burgers, we've got the perfect easy venison recipes to turn your next date night into a memorable one.

Venison Goulash Recipe

Venison goulashRecipe
This Venison Goulash Recipe is an easy, one-pot classic dish your date will love. (Eric Conn photo)

For a fresh twist and a surefire success on date night, give this venison goulash recipe a try. You won't be disappointed, and hopefully neither will your date.


  • 2-pound leg of venison, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ pound smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoon hot paprika, preferably Hungarian
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, cored and chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup red wine, preferably merlot
  • Salt
  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into wedges (lengthwise)
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-8 slices crusty white bread

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Venison Stew Recipe

Venison Stew Recipe
Serve this Venison Stew Recipe with a side of warm bread. (Eric Conn photo)

There's nothing quite like a warm bowl of stew on a cold winter day – it makes you want to snuggle up on the couch under a thick blanket with that special someone. While we can't provide the weather or the special someone, we can bring you a great Venison Stew Recipe from the master himself, Emeril Lagasse, to help get your date started off on the right foot.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds venison stew meat
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Essence creole seasoning
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups brown stock
  • Salt and black pepper

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Venison Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe

Venison Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe
Ground venison combined with bacon makes for the perfect burger recipe. (Eric Conn photo)

Cheeseburgers and bacon are the perfect picture of an amazing couple – pretty cool by themselves, but spectacular when paired together. They can go upscale and classy with a nice craft beer, or be a casual meal on Friday with a Budweiser.


  • 6 slices bacon, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns

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Venison Roast Recipe

Venison Roast Recipe
Use the drippings from your venison roast to make a flavorful, juicy gravy. (Eric Conn photo)

If you're looking to impress the guy who loves to deer hunt, there may not be anything quite like a good roast to win his attention. With a nice thick gravy and a tender cut of roast to show for it, this venison dish is the ticket to your man or woman's heart.


  • 1 venison roast (3-4 pounds)
  • 10 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 7 medium carrots, quartered
  • 5 small onions, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

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Venison Kabobs Recipe

Venison Kabobs Recipe
Venison Kabobs Recipe with a sprig of rosemary for garnish served with a side of potatoes. (Eric Conn photo)

You have to admit it – there's something sexy about kabobs. Maybe it's because they are exotic or because they oftentimes include pineapple, whatever the reason is, I'm confident this venison recipe is perfect for date night.


  • 2 pounds boneless venison sirloin, cut into 1-½-inch cubes
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup dry Burgundy wine
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion juice
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 small fresh mushrooms
  • 4 small onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2-3 large green peppers, cut into 24 (1-inch) pieces
  • Long grain and wild rice blend

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Grilled Venison Backstrap Recipe

Grilled Venison Backstrap Recipe
Venison backstrap cooking on a charcoal grill. (Eric Conn photo)

These venison medallions might take a long time to marinate but are completely worth the wait. There is nothing better than the choicest slice of venison wrapped in bacon.

  • 2 pounds venison backstrap, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 ½ pounds thick sliced bacon
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles barbecue sauce of your choice

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