By Mark Kenyon

With my 2014 deer season officially over, I’ve turned my attention to what I spend far too many hours doing in the “off-season”. And that’s eating deer! As I’m sure many of you are too, I’m a venison nut. My wife and I go through about three deer a year, and haven’t purchased beef for our household in years. That said, with venison being on the menu so often, it’s important to try new things. We’re constantly on the search for new recipes, and I imagine you might be too. With that in mind, today I wanted to share ten really amazing venison recipes that I think you ought to consider giving a try this winter. Bon appetite!

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Venison Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce – Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: Venison and berries go together in a way that will make your taste buds sing. And while I haven’t tried this specific recipe yet, I’ve had several that are similar, and I can’t wait to give this one a shot.

Apple Cider Venison Stew – Wired To Hunt: This was the first meal, that I can remember, that my wife cooked for me. I was still in college and was used to frozen pizzas and cafeteria slop. Then came along this beautiful woman with a bowl of piping hot stew with a hint of apple cider lingering in the air. The rest is history.

Venison Stuffed Shells – My Wild Kitchen: We’ve cooked a recipe very similar to this over the years, and it’s a really terrific italian dish for venison. Perfect with some french bread, a glass of wine (or Budweiser in my case), and a fire in the hearth. And don’t skimp on the mozzarella, all that gooey cheese is divine.

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Venison Enchiladas – Wired To Hunt: This is one of my absolute favorite venison dishes and it’s a recipe of my wives that she adapted from The Pioneer Woman’s beef enchiladas. It’s dynamite.

Grilled Venison Loin – Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: This is a simple and classic meal, grilled loin, but Hank Shaw really explains how to pull this off to perfection in this recipe. I’ve tried this preparation and it is excellent. Simple grilled venison, done to perfection.

World’s Best Venison Chili – Wired To Hunt: Can I prove this is the world’s best venison chili? No. But I do I still believe it? Absolutely. Again, another of my wife’s brilliant concoctions, the secret to this chili recipe is a hint of smokiness brought to life through the addition of bacon. It is so finger licking good. I recommend adding a few jalapenos on top for extra heat too!

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Blackened Venison Steaks with Red Wine and Black Pepper Syrup – The Wild Chef: Haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s in one of my favorite cookbooks (The Wild Chef) and it’s one I’ve got marked to test soon. Looks delish.

Venison Jalapeno Poppers – Wired To Hunt: I was originally introduced to these by my uncle, and since then I’ve taken his recipe, adapted it, and used it to collect praise and admiration for years since, everywhere I take this dish. It’s that good. Seriously, this is a must try.

Cranberry Chipotle Pulled Venison Tacos – Wired To Hunt: Another of my favorite mexican venison dishes, the cranberry flavors infuse the meat and blend perfectly with the chipotle heat. So, so good.

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Crispy Venison Stirfry – Scott Leysath: My grandma made a terrific venison chop suey/stir fry of sorts growing up, and the asian venison spin has always been a favorite since. When you need a change from the traditional venison recipes, this is a great change-up.

Want more great venison recipes? I’d recommend checking out the various sites linked above, as well as the cookbooks “The Wild Chef” and “Afield“. Two of my favorites.