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Good Eats: Venison Stew | Duluth Pack

In Minnesota, venison is one of our specialties when it comes to hunting and consuming. In northern Minnesota, deer are incredibly common animals, and therefore are great for hunting along with processing. Venison is incredibly tender and lean protein. It's healthy and delicious. Today we have a recipe for a tasty venison stew. This simple and hands-off recipe is ideal for busy nights when you need to feed the whole family. You can either use a dutch oven or a slow cooker, whichever you prefer. Here is how we recommend you make venison stew. 

So friends, grab your apron and let’s get cooking. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 venison roast cut into 1.5" cubes
  • Salt and pepper - for taste
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 diced onions
  • 2 chopped celery  stalks
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • Flour
  • Tomato paste
  • Dry red wine
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Fresh thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • 5 lbs of new potatoes
  • 4 sliced carrots
  • Frozen peas

To start your dish, season each piece of venison with salt and pepper. You’ll then pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat. After that, add half of the meat and cook until browned. Flip and brown the other side and transfer the meat to a bowl. Next, you will repeat the entire step with the other half of your venison.

Heat your last of three tablespoons of olive oil (you’ll have used the second to brown the other half of your venison). Once this has heated up, add your onion and celery until softened. Next, you’ll stir in your garlic for 30 seconds.  

Stir in your flour and cook until lightly browned. Add your tomato paste, wine, chicken broth, thyme, bay leaves, and browned venison. After that, bring what you have to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.

After the hour, stir in potatoes and carrots and cook for an additional hour. By the end of this hour, your venison should be tender. Remove your bay leaves and thyme stems.

Take stew off the heat and add your frozen peas. Finally, season your stew to taste.

And voila! You have a stew that will please the whole family. Try serving it in a Minn-E Soup Bowl for some extra Minnesota flare.

-Recipe from Culinary Hill. Look at the website for more in-depth measurements for your ingredients.

We hope you've enjoyed this venison stew recipe. Venison is a healthy option that you and your whole family are sure to love, and we know that this stew will please everyone because of its robust and rich flavors.

Happy cooking, friends!