Thursday, May 24, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Venison Workshop this Weekend! (and meatball recipe)

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a venison and meat preparation workshop on Saturday, March 10th from 10AM-noon in their conference room located in Waterloo (308 Main Street Shop Center, 3rd floor). Venison is a healthy, lean source of protein that is very tasty if properly prepared. Seneca County and the surrounding Finger Lakes area have abundant populations of white tail deer to hunt. If you love eating venison or if you have had an unpleasant experience eating venison and have the notion that the meat is gamey or tough (or others in your family feel this way), then this hands on workshop is for you! Learn ways to tenderize deer meat with proper marinades, cooking methods, and meat preparation. We will also discuss the important science behind safely canning meat and making jerky. Learning to safely can animal products is a great solution to limited freezer space when considering buying local meat or hunting.

Participants will learn how to can meat and also taste samples during this hands-on workshop. They will also receive a recipe book. Space is limited and advanced registration is required, so please call Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension to register: 315-539-9251

Below is a recipe that will be sampled at the workshop.

Venison Meatballs

1 lb ground venison

2 eggs, stirred

6 T. grated parmesan cheese

½ cup breadcrumbs or quick oats

1 or 2 T. olive oil

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 T. Italian seasonings (thyme, oregano, basil)

1 clove minced garlic

¼ cup minced onion (optional)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

In a large bowl mix all ingredients. Form into 1½ inch meatballs.

Lightly oil a large, heavy skillet or use a non-stick sauté pan and cook the meatballs over medium heat until brown and cooked through, turning frequently. About 15 minutes. The meatballs can also be cooked in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until cooked through.

Enjoy your meatballs with your favorite sauce or in a sandwich.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Scooby Snacks

Here is a goose treat the whole family will enjoy. Julie, who supplied the recipe, says this is her kids' favorite kind of meat. So, with a few days left of the waterfowl season (except for snow geese), try to get down some geese.

Scooby Snacks
1 lb of goose breast meat, sliced into thin strips
1-2 cups Chiavetta's Marinade or other vinegary marinade
1 T. olive oil
1/2 cup flour (optional)

Place thinly sliced, skinless goose meat in a glass or ceramic bowl or pan. Pour in marinade and turn to evenly coat the goose pieces. Let this marinate for 15 minutes to overnight (this marinade is strong and will be very vinegary if you leave the meat in it for more than a few hours). Put the olive oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat. You may lightly dust the meat with the flour, shaking off excess flour. Pan fry the goose (either lightly floured or not) in the hot olive oil for a few minutes until the meat is cooked through and lightly browned. You can eat these up as snacks for the whole family or as part of a meal.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grandpa's Venison Burgers

photo by Jodi Richards

“This is a new spin on my grandpa’s recipe for venison burgers. As an avid fisher and hunter, he often served these delicious burgers to my dad, aunt and uncle when they were growing up. Grandpa uses the sausage to give the lean venison some extra fat to hold the patties together on the grill. I’ve added the spices and peppers to give it a little extra heat!” – Megan Moore, dietetic intern with Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Grandpa David’s Venison Burgers

Makes 6 burgers.

1 lb ground venison

2 Italian sausages

1 small onion

½ cup mushrooms

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon dried thyme

For extra heat, 1-2 Tablespoons diced jalapeno or poblano pepper (about 1whole jalapeno or 1/3 of a whole poblano)

Hamburger buns

Peel and dice half of the onion into ¼” pieces. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel then dice into ¼” pieces. If using jalapeno or poblano, rinse the pepper and dice to ¼” pieces. (For less heat, remove the seeds and sauté the peppers in oil before adding into the meat. For more heat, add the seeds and uncooked peppers.)

Remove sausage from casing if necessary. Mix ground venison, sausage, onion, mushrooms, peppers if using, and spices by hand. Divide into 6 even portions, about 3 ounces each. Shape the patties into thick rounds with a slight impression in the middle of each.

Grill patties on preheated flattop griddle or two sided grill. The patties will be very lean so it is best not to cook them on a grated grill as they may fall apart. Cook until a thermometer inserted into the center of a patty reads at least 160° F.

Top with your favorite hamburger toppings (suggested: lettuce, tomato, onion and barbeque sauce) and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Venison (or goose) Jerky

Clean out the freezer of last year's venison by making some jerky to snack on during this hunting season. Jerky is really quite easy to make, yet it takes some time and reliable, science-based recipes must be followed. One reason to use last year's deer from your freezer for making jerky is because game meat should be frozen at 5 degrees Fahrenheit or below for at least 20 days to kill the Trichinella parasite that causes the disease, trichinosis. Other reasons could be proper rotation of your freezer space, defrosting your freezer before restocking it with this year's quarry, and jerky tastes great!

  • Take about 2lb of meat out of the freezer, choosing a cut that will slice well, such as steaks, chops or roasts. Place the meat in the refrigerator to defrost. Partially frozen meat is easier to slice. Do not defrost the meat at room temperature because this will allow bacteria to multiply and potentially cause an unsafe product. Trim fat from the meat and slice the meat into slices no thicker than 1/4 inch. Slice with the grain if a chewy jerky is desired and across the grain if a more brittle, tender jerky is preferred.
  • Make a jerky marinade by combining 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 T. Worcestershire sauce, dash of pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and 1 t. of hickory smoke flavored salt (or regular salt if you can't find this). Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a shallow glass or ceramic (not metal) pan and place meat in the pan, being sure to coat all of the pieces with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate the marinating meat for 1-2 hours or overnight (product will taste saltier the longer it is marinated).
  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator and place meat along with the marinade in a skillet or pan and place on the stove over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes (this will kill any bacteria by reaching 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Remove the strips of meat and place to drain on clean absorbent towels.
  • Arrange the meat strips on dehydrator trays with the meat close together but not touching. If you are dehydrating in an oven, place meat on metal racks that are placed on cooking sheets to catch the drippings. Place the racks in a dehydrator or convection oven preheated to 140-145 degrees. For more information on using a dehydrator, convection or regular oven to dehydrate food see the Drying Food in NYS publication from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Begin checking the meat after about 3 hours to see if it is dry. It should crack, but not break when bent.
  • For more information see "Preparing Safer Jerky" from Cooperative Extension found here.
  • Goose breast meat can also be prepared the same way.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Duck Kabobs

Youth days for waterfowl season were last weekend October 8-9. If your junior hunter connected with any ducks over the weekend or you're just looking forward to the regular season, which opens October 22nd, try this simple recipe sure to please everyone.

Grilled Duck and Veggie Kabobs
recipe adapted and photo from

4 skinned, boned duck breasts
2 yellow squash
2 cups of broccoli
1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
8 presoaked wooden or metal skewers

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cut the duck breast into 2" pieces. Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the duck pieces in the marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
Wash the vegetables and cut the squash and broccoli into 2" pieces, making sure there is room to put the skewer through. Toss in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

When the meat is done marinading, thread the meat and vegetables onto the skewer, allow 1/4 - 1/2" space between the vegetables and the meat. Grill the skewers over medium high heat until vegetables have a slight char and meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes a side. Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve hot.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Teriyaki Goose Salad

Early season for Canada goose has just ended and will open again on October 22. Marinades are a good call for goose breast to help tenderize the meat and to enhance the flavor. Goose is an excellent source of iron.
photo from:©
© bev edukabc, Georgia, October 2008

Teriyaki Goose Salad

1 lb. goose breast meat
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1-2 T. rice wine vinegar or sherry
1 T. minced fresh ginger ( or 1 t. powdered)
1 T. minced garlic
1-2 T. brown sugar
cayenne pepper to taste
10 oz. mixed greens (salad lettuces)
2 T. slivered almonds
3/4 cup mandarin orange slices or sliced plums
2 T. Asian flavored salad dressing

To make the teriyaki marinade: mix olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar (or sherry), ginger, garlic, brown sugar and pinch of cayenne in a small glass or ceramic bowl (not metal), using a whisk or fork to combine ingredients well. If using a whole goose breast, pierce the meat all over with a fork and then place it in the teriyaki marinade or you can thin slice the goose and place it in the marinade. The meat can marinate for as little as an hour (turning the meat over a few times) or as long as a day or two in the refrigerator (again turn the meat a few times during the marinating process).

After desired amount of marinating time, remove the meat from the marinade. If using a whole breast, grill, pan fry or broil the goose meat for 5-8 minutes a side. The meat should be medium rare or medium, as it will get tough if cooked longer than this. After cooking, let the whole breast rest a few minutes and then cut the meat into slices. If using goose slices straight from the marinade, pan fry for a few minutes until meat is cooked to medium rare or medium.

Place the cooked goose on the greens with the fruit, nuts, and dressing and gently toss the salad to combine the ingredients.

Serves 3-4.