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Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

On the menu tonight – Pressure Cooker Venison Stew!

I was fortunate enough to have a friend give me some venison this year. One of the cuts he gave me was a bone in roast. I have a lot to do this weekend, so I decided to put the pressure cooker to work. I haven’t cooked a lot with venison, but the last time I cooked a venison roast, it was on the tough side. Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough…who knows? The important thing is I’m trying again.

For this dish, I brought the roast to room temperature before searing it. The meat was seasoned with Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, baking soda, and some onion powder. Baking soda?? Yes. I’m hedging my bets on tenderizing the meat by using a little baking soda. Without getting into a lot of science, the baking soda raises the pH on the meat’s surface, making it more difficult for the proteins to bond. The result? A more tender cut of meat.

Using the pressure cooker is my other trick for making a more tender cut of meat. The pressure and the high heat break down the connective tissue, similar to what happens when you slow cook, but in a lot less time.

I went mostly classic on this version, by using potatoes, onions, carrots, and parsnip. I did use a little cognac and I don’t know how classic that is, but it’s a nice addition.

Using the pressure cooker definitely shaves quite a bit of time off a dish that might otherwise take most of the day to cook. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you should definitely get one. They are so versatile and can literally save you hours of time in the kitchen. One of the more popular pressure cookers is the Instant Pot.

I hope you will try this dish! If you don’t have or don’t want to use venison, you could easily substitute beef.

Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 min Cooking Time: 2 hrs Total Time: 2 hrs 20 min

Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Venison roast
  • 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-1.5 in cubes
  • 1 lb carrots, sliced into bite sized rounds
  • 1 parsnip, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Vidalia onion, rough chop
  • 4 cloves garlic, rough chop
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2-4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

1

Take the venison out of the packaging and pat it dry

2

sprinkle the baking soda all over the meat

3

season the meat with onion powder, salt and pepper, then let it come to room temperature

4

Pre-heat a cast iron skillet and sear all sides of the roast

5

Put the chopped vegetables in the pressure cooker

6

Pour in the stock, wine, and cognac

7

Place the meat on top

8

Put the rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves on top

9

Set the pressure cooker for 2 hours

10

When the timer goes off, release the pressure and let rest at least 10 minutes

Notes

You could substitute beef for the venison and it would be delicious

Pork/ Wild Game

Pork and Alligator Sausage Onions and Peppers

On the menu tonight – Sausage Onions and Peppers!

As I was doing my weekly grocery shopping, I saw these pork and alligator sausages and had to get them. I like to try different things and I certainly don’t see a lot of alligator on the menu in my area.

It took a minute to figure out what I would make without completely hiding the sausage. I wanted the sausage to be front and center. AH! Sausage, Onions, and Peppers!

My inspiration were the sausage onions and peppers I saw so much of on a recent trip to Boston. This version has a decidedly Southern style sausage smoked pork and alligator rather than an Italian hot sausage. Otherwise, this classic sausage, onions, and peppers.

The next time you want to try something easy to make, yet delicious – make Sausage, Onions, and Peppers. You can serve it on a bun with mustard, or on a platter with the sausage on a bed of the onions and peppers. Either way, DELICIOUS!

Pork and Alligator Sausage Onions and Peppers

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Pork and Alligator Sausage Onions and Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg sausage (I used Country Pleasin' brand)
  • 12 oz beer
  • 1 onions, sliced
  • 1 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

1

In a medium sauce pan heat the beer and the sausages over low to medium heat - 15 - 20 minutes. You just want to heat them throughout before browning

2

While the beer and sausages heat up, put a large pan with straight sides over medium heat

3

Add olive oil, the onions, and peppers

4

Cook the onions and peppers until translucent - about 5 minutes

5

Remove the onions and peppers once cooked and set aside

6

When the sausages have warmed through, add to the pan and brown on all side. I cut mine in half to maximize the browning

7

Serve immediately

Wild Game

Venison Stroganoff

On The Menu Tonight – Venison Stroganoff! A friend of mine graciously offered me some venison. Since I don’t get a lot of venison, I wanted to make sure to cook it properly. After a bunch of research, I came up with this recipe. It turned out really well if I say so myself! I brought some to my friend who gave me the meat and he enjoyed it very much. If you have the chance to get some venison, I hope that you’ll try this recipe and let me know how it turned out.

Venison Stroganoff

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 1.5 hours Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Venison Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 lb venison cut into cubes
  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 package (16 oz) uncooked egg noodles
  • Garlic powder, Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
  • 4-8 oz of button or cremini mushrooms
  • ½ - 1 cup beef or venison stock
  • Parsley, chopped for garnish

Instructions

1

Put on your pot of water for the noodles.

2

Season venison with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

3

Cook’s note, bring your meat to room temp before you cook it.

4

Sauté onion and mushrooms over medium-high heat until onions are translucent.

5

Add the venison and brown on each side. Don’t overcook the venison… when it looks like medium rare it’s done.

6

Add the beef / venison stock as well as the soup and reduce heat to low and simmer.

7

Your water should be boiling or close by now. Drop the noodles into salted water and cook according to package.

8

Stir in the sour cream and a little of the chopped parsley to the venison mixture as the noodles finish cooking.

9

Drain the noodles, put in serving dish/bowl and pour the venison mixture over the noodles.

10

Garnish with the parsley and enjoy!