6 Venison Recipes for Valentine's Day

Forget the flowers and chocolates, get your date what he or she really wants this Valentine’s Day – a romantic dinner featuring a juicy, roasted venison loin covered in Scotch whisky sauce! (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Impress your significant other with one of these delicious venison recipes this Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the best time of the year to do something special for your loved one. Show your affection with one of these tasty venison recipes.


Roasted Venison Loin With Scotch Whisky Sauce Recipe

Whisky sauce or whisky gravy is one of the best things you can pour over meat and potatoes, and this venison loin recipe with a single malt Scotch sauce proves it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds of venison loin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 shot of single malt Scotch whisky
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse ground mustard
  • ½ cup beef/game stock
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Braised Elk Venison Shoulder With Salsa Verde Recipe

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The salsa verde adds a bit of heat to this braised elk venison shoulder recipe. (Robert Sweeney photo)

This Braised Elk Venison Shoulder With Salsa Verde Recipe is a great dish to serve on special occasions.

Braised Elk Shoulder Ingredients:

  • 1 (3-4 pound) elk shoulder roast
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons dry thyme leaf
  • 5 bacon slices, diced
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced large
  • 2 stalks celery, washed and diced large
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

Salsa Verde Ingredients:


  • ½ pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 serrano chilies, whole
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup packed cilantro, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 ⅓ cups packed Italian parsley, washed and de-stemmed
  • 4 tablespoons oregano, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

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Venison Loin and Lobster Recipe

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Pair the brilliant flavors of venison and lobster in this special dish. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Prepare this surf and turf dish to wow any person on a special occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound venison loin, silver skin removed
  • 1 (½-pound) lobster tail, split in half, lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • Lime wedges

Compound Butter:

  • 6 tablespoons softened salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Garlic and Lime Sauce:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece sun-dried tomato packed in oil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped

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Best Venison Lasagna Recipe

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Adjust the amount of meat and cheese in this venison lasagna recipe according to your preference. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

One pound of meat seems standard in most lasagnas, but if your special someone is a meat lover, feel free to add more venison to this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground venison
  • 1 (1-pound) box lasagna pasta
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 2 (24-ounce) jars marinara sauce
  • 15 ounces whole ricotta
  • 2 pounds shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley

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Venison Steak Au Poivre

Venison Steak Au Poivre Recipe (Tiphani St. Romain photo)

This gourmet peppered venison steak recipe tastes like it came straight out of a five-star restaurant and is super simple to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed or cracked
  • 6-8 venison steaks, thick cut
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Pink sea salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons chicken base paste in ½ cup hot water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

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Elk Venison Chili Recipe for Two

This is the perfect date night chili recipe for those chilly, winter days. (Nevada Foodies photo)

A hearty elk venison chili recipe that uses minimal ingredients and makes just the right amount of food for two.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds ground elk venison (can substitute deer or antelope)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Taco Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • Toppings: shredded sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped green onion and jalapeño slices

Get the Recipe: Elk Venison Chili Recipe for Two

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