Friday, July 29, 2011

When life hands you……Venison?

First of all, whoa nelly! Thanks for the birthday wishes! I really was not expecting it so it made the day even better.Winking smile

Anyways……………onto some more important news. Well, almost more important. So, one of the hubs’ clients gave him an ABUNDANT AMOUNT of local venison sausage. My cute Kiwi husband gets pretty excited when fellow Texans spoil him with food. He feels like a native and all of sudden starts saying “ya’ll.” Ha-ha, just kidding, but you get my point.

So when he came home with all this “meat” and asked me to fix something with it, I kinda was at a loss. Uh, what exactly do you want me to make with 10lbs of sausage? So many options!
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We both wanted something spicy with a little tang.

Greek Venison Sausage Patties

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Ingredients:
  • Lean meat or game meat (venison, lamb, ostrich, etc.)- 1/2 lb. to 1lb.
  • Greek seasoning or you can make your own with the following.
      • /4 teaspoon dried oregano
      • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
      • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
      • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
      • 1/8 teaspoon dried minced onion
      • 1/8 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • balsamic vinegar
  • paprika
  • dill (optional)
  • 1 egg (yolk and white separated)
  • Greek yogurt or plain goats milk yogurt for topping
  • dash of sea salt and black pepper
  • oil 
  • spicy ketchup or sriracha sauce
Directions:
Place ground meat in bowl and mix with hands. Add in spices, 1-2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, and egg yolk. Mix again and form into patties. Should make anywhere between 2-4 patties. Get skillet ready, heat with a little oil on medium heat. Lightly coat your patties with the egg white and then place on skillet. Cook thoroughly (both sides) until meat is medium to well done. Remove from skillet and place on bed of salad/vegetables. Add a few tables of Greek yogurt/goat milk yogurt. Sprinkle with paprika and ketchup or sriracha sauce.

**I like to fancy up the salad with raw cashews, dried berries, and maybe even some dill pepper.

Eat up!
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These will definitely be on my list to make again. The flavors were very nice together. Would be even better with a side of dolmas!

And with that being said, Jen over at Peas and Crayons is up to it again. Another great link connection and this recipe is perfect for "initiation". Well at least I think so. hehe.


Go check out all the cool recipes on her one big virtual blogger cookbook!

I hope everyone gets time to DISCONNECT this weekend. Take time to cook a fun meal with loved ones, play outside, or just veg. Whatever your heart desires!

I think I get to go on a hot date tomorrow night, or so I’m told. Winking smile

Odd Question: What’s your go to recipe when you have an ABUNDANT amount of meat/poultry/tofu/etc.??

No one say meatloaf!

Cheers to getting wiser not older!
LC

96 comments:

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

Ya know.. you're the only person to give me a shoutout on their blog. Another reason why I love my almond joy! Hope the birthday awesomeness continues into your weekend lovey!!! and this recipe is going to have paul searching for venison here in NC! hehe! So funny that both our husbands were gifted meat this week. He came home with a bag of burgers from a neighbor... so odd. haha!

love youuuuu!

lindsay cotter said...

Aww I love you and your big heart!! Get that man some venison for sure. Thanks for being you jen!
LC
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Livefortherun said...

The sheep over here are blushing! I was getting used to pork sausage ... don't think I can do venison -- but my hubs would love you for it.

have a good weekend love!

Abby said...

I got tricked into eating venison once. Dave had actually killed the deer...and his family fed it to me while I thought it was regular steak. I don't remember disliking it...but I also don't remember liking it either...

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate said...

Venison burgers are so good.

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

I kind of never have this issue ;-) LOL

Stephanie said...

Oops...I missed that it was your birthday!  Happy (late) birthday, my friend!

Siobhan @ sio 'n the run. said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRRRTHDAY!!! 

I'm glad you had  a great birthday! And those Venison sausage patties look delicious!! And I went to peas and crayons and added my mussels to the cookbook! 

Have a fabulous day friend! 

Katy Widrick said...

My husband is from northern New York, where they are HUGE hunters...and have venison year-round. I think that the biggest downside for him living in Florida is that we don't have access to the meat like we would if we lived up north :)

Allie said...

This is awesome! Yum :) I love how you said the Hubs starts yelling ya'll hhahah that cracked me up!

Holly said...

I love venison! My dad loves to hunt so we usually get a good supply all winter long.

When I have an abundant amount of meat (which doesn't happen often!) I'll usually freeze most of it, or I make a mexican tortilla pie -- layered tortillas, veggies, refried beans, beef or chicken (or both!), salsa, etc all baked in the oven.

I am definitely disconnecting this weekend and I can't wait!

jobo said...

Wiser, not older - YES! Yum, that looks really good! I've never had venison, but maybe I'll give it a go ;-) I hope you have a fabulous hot date and I plan to unplug this weekend, absolutely! Hmm...if I can't say meatloaf, what about chili?!

Lindsay said...

Yum! That looks good :). I hope you have an awesome date night! Oh, and check out my giveaway if you get a chance :)

Tiffany said...

OMGGGGGGGGGGGG YUM YUM YUM NOM NOM NOM!  I want that SO BAD!  SO, SO, SO, SO BAD!

*le pant, le pant, le pant*

I'm never coming to your bloggie again right after running.  Lol

Jenny Houlahan said...

Happy Birthday!!!! So sorry it's a belated wish! 

I LOVE the look of those burgers and the one (or two?) times I tasted venison I loved it! We haven't had much red meat or poultry meat here at home in a while (bec I'm on a fish kick) but I would love to grill up some juicy burgers just like those. MMmmmmmmm mmmm! 

I need to check out miss Jenn's new Cookbook!

runningperseverance said...

YUM! I am going to have to whip up my own greek seasoning...sounds good! Depending on the meat I will whip up most anything with veggies and call it stir fry...haha. Planning to make some spicy vegetarian lasagna tonight though...one I have not made in a while :) Have a wonderful weekend, a fantastic date night and glad to hear that you had an awesome bday!

heidi nicole said...

I'm married to a deer hunter so we've almost always had a ton of venison...usually ground venison because he is really good at shooting the deer in the rump (all the good cuts!). I use my ground venison like ground beef. We aren't a huge fan of straight venison (a little too gamy for us) so I do tend to grind it together with ground beef - making "benison". I use 1 lb beef for 2 lbs of venison.

Good luck and have fun with your weekend!

Katie said...

Okay, I'm going to a tailgating party tomorrow and i am so making a burger salad a la Lindsay!

My dad and my brothers always have their entire deer (when they get one that is) made into those hot sticks.  Christmas at my parents house isn't complete without them on the cheese and cracker plate. 

Susan said...

Last fall I made a huge batch of venison chili. My PT gave me a pound of ground venison, caught by her husband. I think chili/stew is a great "bulk" meal. I do, however, remember that game meat stinking up the kitchen all day!

I definitely plan on disconnecting this weekend. And cleaning. Ha!

Casey said...

Nice! I had elk this morning. :) When in doubt, make a patty. LOL

LivelyKitchen said...

Ha!  We are at a friend's house this weekend and they just served vennison sausage for breakfast.  The husband and kids loved it!  So - I suggest breakfast tacos, as they went over well here this morning.  The best part was having someone else cook breakfast for me.  :)

Happy weekend to you! 

jenncotter said...

Happy belated birthday!!

Kath (My Funny Little Life) said...

I love venison, and recently made a wonderful stew with venison from NZ. :) Usually, I don't get large amount of meat, but I think I'd make a pot roast or goulash.

lindsay cotter said...

oh ya, I am all about the breakfast taco or casseroles! and someone else cooking for you, well deserved! Hope your family is all in town this weekend and can relax!
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Rachelle Wardle said...

I hope you had a great birthday Lindsey!!!  You are the greatest and deserve the best.  Recipe looks yummy, you are so creative!

When I have extra meat I like to make Stir fry or fajitas!  Enjoy your date night. :):)

lindsay cotter said...

LOL! I am sure of that. What about an abundant about of tofu/tempeh/vegetables? THats a good problem to have!

Lindsay
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lindsay cotter said...

how  did I know you'd say that. Your the burger KING, the real KING! haha.
Lindsay
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lindsay cotter said...

oh thanks Jenn. You are too kind.
<3

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Heather @ Dietitian on the Run said...

 Ha ewww meatloaf... ;)

My favorite thing, as of late, with Tempeh is sandwiches! Specifically with avocado & tomato slices - maybe with some hummus + spinach leaves, or roasted red peppers too. Yummm!

Have fun on that date tonight!

lindsay cotter said...

oh that sounds good! mexican tortilla pie with venison would be good! Love that idea Holly.
Thanks! Now enjoy that weekend.
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lindsay cotter said...

it definitely cracks me up too! So cute.

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Teabag said...

chili!  you can always make a ton & it's great to freeze.  spoon it over noodles for spaghetti, bread for sloppy joes, or pizza crust & broil.  so versatile!  :)  you can even put it over meatloaf! ;)

lindsay cotter said...

slopppyyyy joes!!! venison sloppy joes would be freakin awesome! Genuis girl, just genuis!

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lindsay cotter said...

oh ya, tempeh love! Have you tried it as spaghetti meat yet? delicious!
Lindsay
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lindsay cotter said...

oh ya! my hubs loves his fajitas. Good call! And you are so kind. I can't tell you how much that means to me.

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lindsay cotter said...

whats youre recipe for venison stew? I'd love to try it!
p.s.
I made salmon with kale last night and used your herbs! We LOVED IT!!!
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lindsay cotter said...

you did? patties? mmm, thats a good way to end the week!

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lindsay cotter said...

venison chili is awesome! too bad is 100F here otherwise I would have it on the stove. And yes, my tiny apartment would be stinking up! haha.

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lindsay cotter said...

Awesome! Will you take a picture so I can drool over it later?
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lindsay cotter said...

Heidin, that genuis!! I will have to make some "benison" soon. Or maybe even "chickison?" haha.

Lindsay Cotter
Nutrition Manager & Fitness Consultant
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lindsay cotter said...

spicy lasagna sounds gooooood!! I hope it fuels you for a great run this weekend. Whats on the agenda?

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lindsay cotter said...

oh go check it out! its a way cool cookbook! and i've been on a fish and egg kick too. I think it the heat! right?
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lindsay cotter said...

LOL! le pant, thats awesome! I hate reading blogs when I am hungry or post run....its makes my computer all sticky with drool. haha.

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lindsay cotter said...

great giveaway girl! i will have to spread the word. yippeee!!

Lindsay
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lindsay cotter said...

you know I'm going to get you to try it now. haha, i love making you try new things!

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lindsay cotter said...

oh I bet he does miss his venison. Do you guys ever eat alligator? I loved it when I tried in FL. chewy but good, haha.

Lindsay Cotter
Nutrition Manager & Fitness Consultant
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lindsay cotter said...

oh mussles! I will need to go check it out. Love it! and thanks for the bday wishes. Youre so thoughtful!

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lindsay cotter said...

thanks steph! it was a good day.
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lindsay cotter said...

haha, i bet they were blushing! oh friend, how are you?!! I am so excited for you and your new home.

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LauraJayneBlog said...

Wait, I missed your birthday?  Happy Birthday!  How did you celebrate?  With venison?

lindsay cotter said...

oh poor abby got tricked! its much gamier that steak. Kinda like bison. At least you were kind and ate it anyway! haha.

How was the trip?! are you still in CA?

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Kath (My Funny Little Life) said...

Whee, thank you! :D The venison stew was quite easy (like always :D), I basically used venison meat (it was frozen venison goulash from NZ which I can get here at an affordable cost, but I think it would be great with venison sausage as well), onion, chopped carrots and canned tomatoes, flavored with game-compatible herbs and spices, like bay, sage, juniper, etc. I'll post the recipe soon! :)

Michelle @ The Cooking Life said...

when my hubby & I were first married, one of his co-workers gave us a lot of venison meat. we made a nice stew with it, complete with guinness beer in the stew. so good! glad your birthday was good, friend!

lindsay cotter said...

haha, no venison. That was the night before. We're going on alittle birthday date this weekend. YEA!

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Sam said...

hope you had the BEST birthday!!! and YUM to that tasty looking meal :)

Jenny Orcutt said...

I'm gonna say meatballs, which I suppose is essentially the same thing as meatloaf -- just in ball form -- but for some reason it sounds so much more appetizing, no? 

HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY WEEK EVER, BEAUTIFUL LADY! If anyone deserves it, it's you!!!! 

lindsay cotter said...

oh my hubs would LOVE that. Complete with guinness is perfect!

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lindsay cotter said...

meatballs are SOOOOOOO much better. because they go with spaghetti. Mmmm, good. Nice thinkin' Jenny!

<3 you!

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lindsay cotter said...

thank you Sam! your so kind. Happy thankful Friday!

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Running for the Kitchen said...

My dad is a big hunter, so we always have lots of venison to cook. I love the recipe that you came up with!

Dana @ My Little Celebration said...

Ha ha. My dad is a big hunter so I currently have pounds and pounds of elk meat in my freezer. It looks like we have the same dilemma!

Ashley @ The Fit Academic said...

yikes! How did I flake on this one!? Happy belated b-day!!! I like all varieties of casseroles for leftover meat (lasagna, stuffed peppers, meat with veg). Good luck!

Kelsey said...

My Dad keeps saying to me "Kelsey, go pick up venison for me when you're at the store next" .. and i'm always saying "Dad, go kill one of the deer in our backyard you are always chasing away for eating your plants" lol :) That being said.. i am definitely curious as to what it tastes like and what i will think of it. And i think in a sausage-form it would be a great place to start!

xoxo <3

Missy said...

When I have an abundance of tofu I am all about tofu-dip. 
A little steamed zucchinni and tofu and nutreast...yup!

PS- Love the venison. I don't eat it but would rather eat a deer that someone went out and caught than a factory skinless chicken.

lindsay cotter said...

i wonder if there is such thing as venison dip? haha.
;)

Lindsay
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lindsay cotter said...

its very good! kinda like bison or even ostrich. Lean and a little gamey. I like it in eggs!

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lindsay cotter said...

oh thanks Ash. and I totally forgot about stuffed peppers! good call!

Lindsay
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lindsay cotter said...

oh i love elk fajitas! do you ever make those? I bet youre super creative with the meat!
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Kalli said...

oh i love the burgers!  what a great idea!!!! i am greek you know so these look especially lovely...what your bday?????when was this?

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) said...

Mmm. I love game meats. I'd do some major portioning out and freezing of the sausage- then you don't have to scramble to cook it all.  Hey I just gave myself an idea:  a Venison Scramble! Woot!.  Hope you had an awesome birthday pretty girl!

Shannon said...

Oh man, I love venison! I have never actually prepared it myself, but I love it pan-fried and made into jerky or summer sausage. My mom actually took a TON of venison that we had in the freezer and canned it. Seems creepy, I think, to can meat (although I eat tuna and canned salmon...) but it was/is so good.

chuck feerick said...

I love venison!  I just wish I could get my hands on some- not likely where I live except ordering online for $$.  The secret to the perfect burger is mixing chopped onions into the meat before grilling it!

Sara Stewart said...

These look fantastic, Lindsay.  I'm ashamed to admit that I've never tried venison, even after living in Idaho--another game meat happy state--for 10 years. What would you compare the flavor to?

When I have lots of meat on my hands I throw a chili or taco salad party! And if there are STILL leftovers, then I give some to my animal friends and freeze the rest. :)

Have fun on your date tomorrow night!

lindsay cotter said...

oh i would love to make jerky with it! and canned meat? I would do that! how does one even begin to do that? fill me in.
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lindsay cotter said...

good idea! i need to portion it out to freeze. Its kind of a massive hunk of meat for 2 people. haha. Wish you lived closer, I'd invite you over for a venison scramble!

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thanks for the birthday love. <3

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lindsay cotter said...

oh yes, youre the greek goddess! love it! Birthday was thursday. I never really celebrate but it was a good day.

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lindsay cotter said...

its soooo good! Tastes like elk or bison to me. I love the gamey meat. The sausage is good with pasta. Spicy and all! you must try this my little Idaho friend!

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lindsay cotter said...

you send me shark and alligator from FL and I'll send you venison from TX. Deal?
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Sable@SquatLikeALady said...

Oooooh have fun on your date night!! :) I've spent the last...what five days?...disconnected and I am SO REFRESHED :D

Shannon said...

To be honest, I have no idea... I had this book on how to preserve and can stuff and there was a section on meat. I can't even remember the name of the book now, and I'm not sure if it was one I was able to get online or if I had to buy it at the university book store.

Missy said...

Me thinks they cal that pate....do it!

Ameena said...

I get really freaked out when I have too much of anything so I throw it in the freezer!

I hope date night was fabulous1

lindsay cotter said...

venison pate.......I like it!

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lindsay cotter said...

we have a freezer in the garage exactly for that! thank goodness!

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lindsay cotter said...

oh I bet you are! be safe on the last part of your drive and have fun!!!!
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Melissa simson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can't believe I missed it! How was it? do anything fun? I hope you had a great day!
i absolutely LOVE venison. I don't buy it because it's pricey around here but if I'm at a restaurant and they have it I always order it. My fave things to do with venison are : burgers ( With a lettuce bun) and venison steaks. The steaks go very well with a bearnaise sauce! 

Jennifer Spadafora said...

Hubs does a lot of hunting so Venison and Moose seem to always be in our freezer. However, when the giant backs of ground hamburger are on sale, my boys love Shepards Pie so that's my go to recipe. Instead on mashed yukon potatos, I use whipped sweet potatos! Yum!

And Happy Belated Birthday!!! Hope you enjoyed date night!

lindsay cotter said...

oh that bernaise sauce sounds gooooood! Will have to whip up a steak here soon. Cheers!

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Pure2raw Twins said...

now that is a lot of meat ;) lol those sausage patties look great. And we hope you have a great date night!!! xoxo

lindsay cotter said...

Jen, that sounds amazing! good idea! Love the shepards pie. My kiwi husband will love it. Thanks for the bday wishes. It was wonderful!

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lindsay cotter said...

thanks friend. Not sure what else to do with so much meat. haha. Hope the weekend is treating you well.
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Katie said...

That looks delish girl!!! you know i love my meat :) i LOVE topping greek yogurt on top of burgers-- yummmyyyy! I hope you had SUCH a relaxing weekend! love you!

Grace said...

That is a lot of sausage!!!

lindsay cotter said...

this is a definitely a katie meal! love it! just needs to come with you person. hehe.
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Tina Reale said...

Looks like a great recipe! We have tons of ground meat in our freezer from the cow share we went in on. we usually use ours in tacos, to make spinach/feta meatballs (recipe on my recipe page), in chili/stew, and I'm blanking on what else we use it with. LOL

wish I had some inventive recipe idea for you! 

lindsay cotter said...

i wish it was fall/winter so I could make a good venison chili. But I like your spinach/feta meatball! I also thought about kabobs. haha. Gotta love the south and their cow share.
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