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Venison Pie

Image Via: Geoff George

You’ll forget about all other shepherd’s pies once you’ve tasted this wild-game version, made with venison. While I typically use deer meat, this savoury dish also works well with moose, caribou, elk and antelope.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 4 ounces ground pork
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 1 cup beef or venison stock (or red wine)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup Asiago, Cheddar or Gruyère cheese, grated

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Brown venison and pork in canola oil in a heavy skillet. Add onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, peas, rosemary and stock, then simmer until vegetables soften. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a large ovenproof casserole. Cover with mashed potatoes and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in oven until bubbling and the cheese is golden brown.
  4. Crusty bread and a simple green salad or crunchy coleslaw is all you need to complete this meal.

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