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Best Venison Recipes to Serve 'Beginners'

The venison lovers pizza is topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, venison sausage and venison pepperoni. (Hal Shaffer photo)
The venison lovers pizza is topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, venison sausage and venison pepperoni. (Hal Shaffer photo)

Getting family and friends to try venison for the first time is a critical moment, so make it a positive experience with pizza and nachos

We all have friends who do not hunt. The open-minded kind of friend is curious; they relish the thought of trying something new and are fun at the dinner table.

Then there’s that other friend, the kind who heard from a friend, whose other friend told him or her their aunt said venison is gross. “It’s gamy and it’s tough … tasted like liver,” she said.

Well, those kinds of dinner guests are a tad more difficult to persuade, but presented properly, chances are good to get someone to try something new.

Here are some delicious ideas from Outdoor Channel TV show hosts on what to serve friends who have never tried venison. An effective way to get people to eat wild game is by utilizing it in dishes people already know and love, but this doesn’t mean intimating a first-timer with a big slab of moose steak on his or her dinner plate.

Instead, ease people in by adding venison into multiple-ingredient dishes. Venison pizza, stew, nachos and even an elegant charcuterie board; these recipes are sure to reward you with many thumbs up around the dinner table.

But before you start first-timer venison dinner, remember a good meal begins in the field and ends at the table. Aim to serve venison meat from does or younger deer for the best table fare. These animals are typically more tender and milder-tasting, providing the best bet at winning over less adventurous dinner guests. Also, be sure to follow best practices for field dressing and butchering your game.

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