With hunting season only weeks from opening, I’ve been focused the past couple weeks on trying to clear out the last of  my venison from the past year and this weekend we got to take a big chunk out of my stash. With fall creeping closer and closer it only felt right to go to the cider mill and pick up some fresh apple cider. And with that delicious beverage we were able to make an absolutely mouth watering dinner thats just perfect for a crisp fall evening. Apple Cider Venison Stew is one of my favorite dishes my girlfriend Kylie makes, as it’s the perfect combination of savory tender venison and the sweet tang of apple cider. There are few better meals to warm you up after a long chilly night on the stand.

So for all of you to enjoy, check out my cooking extraordinaire girlfriend’s recipe for Apple Cider Venison Stew! The perfect venison dish for these cool September nights…

3 T flour
1 t salt
1/2 t peper
1 1/2 -2 lbs venison (cut into 1 inch pieces)
2 T vegetable oil
2 C apple cider
1 C water
2 T vinegar
1 t dried thyme
2-3 large carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces)
2-3 celery rib  (cut into 1 inch pieces)
2-3 large potatoes (cubed)
1 large onion (sliced)

1. In a bowl or bag combine, flour, salt and pepper; add venison and toss to coat
2. In a large stockpot, brown venison in oil
3. Add cider, water, vinegar, and thyme; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until meat is tender.
4. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes and onion; return to boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Give it a try, enjoy, and let us know how you like it!