Thursday, October 17, 2013

Salisbury Steak: a great way to use venison

Venison is one of my favorite meats to work with.  Its lean, tender and oh, so delicious!  Growing up in the country, hunting wasn't an unusual way to spend your time.  While my family didn't regularly hunt, people often hunted our property during the appropriate seasons (with permission, of course).  And as a thank you, they would share some of the deer meat they acquired.  Jerky was a favorite treat, but ground venison was the traditional item of thanks-one that I still get excited to see!

I know there are a lot of arguments about hunting and the moral dilemma of it all, but this blog isn't about the political element.  I'm sharing the way I was raised: a girl growing up on a largely self-sustainable property.  The ability to live like that is so rare today-too many of us wouldn't know how to manage without the grocery store and the delivery driver.  So please set your politics aside and no Bambi jokes or I'll break out many Denis Leary lines on you!

Levi is wonderful kitchen help!

Salisbury Steak (serves 8)

1lb. ground venison (or ground beef)
1pkt brown gravy 
1 medium onion diced (divided)
3/4c breadcrumbs
2 eggs
3 tablespoons butter
1-4 oz can mushrooms (I use 2 because we love them!)
1 1/2c water
salt & pepper
olive oil

In mixing bowl, combine venison, 1/2 the chopped onion, breadcrumbs, eggs and salt and pepper.  Mix together and form into 8 patties.  Pat some flour on the outside.

In medium skillet heat olive oil over med-high heat.  Place the patties into the skillet to brown on each side.  Do not cook all the way through.  Remove patties from skillet and place in a 9x13 baking dish. 

In the skillet, keep the juices from the patties.  Add the butter, remaining onion and mushrooms.  Cook until onion softens.  Add the water and brown gravy contents.  Mix together until powder dissolves-gravy will be watery.  Pour contents over patties.  Cover with foil and bake in oven at 350 F for 1 hour.

Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

At the risk of full-disclosure, we were fixing this and listening to Christmas Carols on Pandora...its a great way to spend the evening together!


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