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Venison Bourguignon [Venison Stew]

Running out of ideas for deer meat recipes? This venison stew recipe is a Southern remake of Julia Child’s most famous dish — bourguignon. It’s rich and hearty and perfect for a chilly winter night.

This venison recipe is a Southern remake of Julia Child's most famous dish -- bourguignon. It's rich and hearty and perfect for a chilly winter night.

Running out of ideas for deer meat recipes? This venison recipe is a Southern remake of Julia Child's most famous dish -- bourguignon. It's rich and hearty and perfect for a chilly winter night.

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When I was a young, unmarried, girl I decided that I did not want to marry a man that hunted.  Mostly because I didn’t want my husband hanging a taxidermied deer head over the mantle of our living room, its big glass black eyes watching me, staring down and me mournfully, silently asking me, “Why?  What did I ever do to you?”

I knew finding a marriageable man in Mississippi that did not hunt would be a difficult task, but I waited patiently and during my senior year of college, I finally met my match.  All through our four-year courtship and for the first three years of our marriage, The Husband was not a deer hunter.  And then one fall out of the blue, guess what he went and did?  Without even consenting me first.

He decided he wanted to take up deer hunting.

Looking back on it now, I should have had something written in our wedding vows.  Like a pre-marital agreement or something.  But hindsight is 20/20 and by then I had kind of gotten used to having someone around to get things down off the top shelf, move heavy items, kill bugs, and take out the trash.  That and he’s kinda cute.

Oh, the things we endure for those we love.

So now, I find myself engaging in things I swore I would never do:  I am actively searching for ways to prepare deer meat.  Oh, deer dear me . . .

Running out of ideas for deer meat recipes? This venison recipe is a Southern remake of Julia Child's most famous dish -- bourguignon. It's rich and hearty and perfect for a chilly winter night.

About a month ago I was channel surfing, looking for something to occupy my mind while I folded laundry, and found the last half of Julie and Julia.  There is this scene where a chick from the publishing company makes Julia’s boeuf bourguignon from her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, takes a taste, then leans her head back and exclaims, “Yum!”

It hit me right then, what if Julia Child had been raised a Mississippi girl?  What if, instead of being a foreign-service officer, her husband drove a pickup truck, wore a Gilly suit, and was an avid hunter?

Well for one, she’d probably roll up her sleeves and know how to properly skin, clean, and butcher a deer in no time flat.  That’s something I don’t know how to do and have no desire to learn.  But Julia strikes me as being the kind of person that could hand you your ego on a silver platter and leave you standing there scratching your head in confusion.

This recipe has quite a few steps to it and takes awhile to cook, so don’t plan on making this one night after work.  It’s best left to a weekend afternoon when you have some time.  However, the end result it totally worth it.  I served this over my favorite buttered egg noodles. Good news is, you will likely have leftovers and this is one of those dishes that only gets better the second time around.  The Husband and I both agree, “Yum!”

Running out of ideas for deer meat recipes? This venison recipe is a Southern remake of Julia Child's most famous dish -- bourguignon. It's rich and hearty and perfect for a chilly winter night.

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Venison Bourguignon

Running out of ideas for deer meat recipes? This venison recipe is a Southern remake of Julia Child's most famous dish -- bourguignon. It's rich and hearty and perfect for a chilly winter night.
Course Entree
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 6 people
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
  • 3 pounds venison or lean stewing beef cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups full-bodied red wine
  • 2 to 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 18 - 24 pearl onions
  • 1 pound quartered sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • In a large covered ovenproof casserole dish or sauté pan, sauté the bacon over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, reserving the grease, and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Reheat bacon fat until almost smoking.
  • Dry the meat with paper towels to ensure that it will brown properly. Brown meat in oil in batches. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, reserving the bacon grease, and set aside with the bacon.
  • Sauté the carrots, sliced onion, and garlic for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the black pepper and flour and continue to sauté, stirring frequently, to remove the raw flour flavor, about 2-3 minutes more.
  • Add the wine and the broth, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the tomato paste, thyme, and bay leaf. Return the beef and bacon to the casserole dish or sauté pan and toss with vegetables.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cover casserole dish and place in the bottom third of the oven. Braise for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat pierces easily with a fork.
  • Alternately, add everything to the crock of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Forty-five minutes before serving, sauté the mushrooms and onion in butter for 3-5 minutes. Add to the casserole or crock pot and continue cooking.
  • Serve stew over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

14 Comments

  1. Oh that is perfect for the venison steaks my boyfriend is bringing over soon!

  2. When do you add the broth?

  3. Hi there, my brother, the hunter, handed me a cooler filled with frozen deer meat. Is there a cut that is best for this recipe?

  4. What type of wine do yu recomend?

  5. Hi! I was wondering if this recipe or portions of it, can be made ahead of time? If so, which steps in the cooking process would work to set aside?
    Ty

    • Hi Leslie, you could follow the recipe up until step 4, then store it in the fridge and finish cooking later. But, I have also had success with just cooking it in advance and then reheating it later. I think it brings out the flavors doing it that way.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner today it was amazing. I used 2 small venison roast, chunked them up and had over noodles. Leftovers will be with mashed potatoes. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    I am a 12 year old, and I made this for dinner, it was amazing! It went so well with the egg noodles.

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