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Can You Stand Another Recipe?

This afternoon I’ve assembled a venison stew for our New Year’s Eve celebration. The ingredients:

2 lbs venison cut in chunks
4 slices of bacon cut in squares
4 medium potatoes cut in squares
6 medium carrots sliced
2 medium onions chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup flour
2 cups beef stock
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup A-1 steak sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup burgundy wine
1/2 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced.

I used to work with someone who went hunting regularly, so got venison from him, but this time I ordered venison stew meat online, from Broken Arrow Ranch.


Start by cooking the bacon in a skillet.


When the bacon is crisp, remove it from the skillet with a slotted spoon and brown the venison cubes in the bacon fat.


When the venison is browned all over, remove it to an oven-proof casserole dish that has a cover. I use a Le Creuset dutch oven. Spread it out in the bottom of the casserole and add the fried bacon on top of it.

Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and garlic powder over the meat, and then sprinkle the flour over that.


Saute the carrots and onions in the same pan that you browned the venison in. It you need to, add a bit more oil, and saute until the vegetables are softened slightly.


Spread the sauteed veggies over the flour in the casserole, and place the potato chunks on top of that.

In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the beef stock, mustard, catsup, and A-1 sauce.


Carefully pour this over all in the casserole, and pour the burgundy wine over that. (I actually used Pinot Noir, left over from my Boeuf Bourgignon from last week.)


Put the cover on the casserole and bake in a 325 degree oven for 3 hours. Half an hour before it is done, take the casserole out and add the mushrooms.


Return it to the oven for another half hour.

This is a very yummy stew — I’ve made it in the past and it is always delicious. Here’s hoping tonight’s is no exception!

Lucy sez:


“Wake me when dinner’s ready.”

Happy New Year, everyone! See you in 2009!


  1. Happy New Year Wendy and Lucy and Koarc πŸ™‚

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  2. Looks great – I’ll try your recipe with some of Nick’s Bambi – I mean venison!

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  3. Thanks for the stew recipe! Your recipes sound so good, I can’t wait to try the Boeuf Bourgignon. My husband’s looking forward to it, too.

    I grew up eating venison, which I thought was just another name for steak. I was a little upset to find out what it really was; I was still young at the time. But my uncle was an avid hunter, and he kept us well-supplied. This venison recipe sounds really yummy, and easy, too. I’ll be giving the stew a shot this winter as well.

    Happy New Year to you, Lucy, and KOARC!

  4. Happy New Year, Wendy and Lucy!

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  5. Hope you and yours have a very happy New Year. (Turning the calendar to January 2009 means that I can start the countdown to your new book being released! )

    I hope you also have a great birthday! πŸ™‚

    Give Lucy a scratch behind the ears for me. =^. .^=

  6. Happy new year to you too! Stew looks yummy. I’m having pizza and salad at my house and going to try to watch “La Vie en Rose” and knit. Not sure I can do sub-titles while knitting.

  7. Happy New Year! Thanks for the link to online venison. I have been trying to figure out where to get it since I don’t have any hunters close by. πŸ™‚

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  8. Mmmm, sounds good. Since we’ve got a lot of venison on hand, this is one we’ll be trying soon. We are having venison wellington for New Year’s dinner.

  9. Thanks for the recipe. My FIL hunts and I’m always on the look out for new venison recipes. Happy New Year!

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  10. My freezer is FULL of venison but my hunter doesn’t appreciate stew like he should. This looks gorgeous and I’m printing out the recipe just in case.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  11. Thanks for the recipe. I love venison and I look forward to each opportunity to make it!

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  12. Yum. Can I come to your house for New Year’s Eve dinner?

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  13. That’s almost exactly like I make my venison stew! We do love it.
    Happy New Year to All.
    (P.S. Where’s your pickled herring???)

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  14. Happy New Year to you! It’s been lovely reading your blog this year, and I want to thank you for all the effort you put into it.

    Kitty scritches for Miss Lucy!

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  15. anne marie in philly says:

    happy new year 2009 to you and lucy and the KOARC! πŸ™‚

    don’t drink as much as I do! (snork)

    look for a surprise coming your way next week….. πŸ˜‰

  16. WOW – can’t wait to try this one! Looks like it takes some effort and time, but very do-able. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  17. Happy New Year! May it be a safe and healthy one for your family.

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  18. That looks pretty good — and I’m a vegetarian! Enjoy!

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  19. Yum! I have an unending, or it seems that way anyway, supply of venison and am always looking for new ways to prepare. This one will get a try very soon. Best wishes to all for a happy and prosperous new year.

  20. Bonnie H. says:

    Happy New Year, Wendy. I’ve enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading you in the coming year. My DH and I had our traditional evening of finger foods and champagne. (We also bought a car tonight — a 2009 Honda Accord!) Your stew sounds yummy. I’ll share it with my sis-in-law who has a good supply of venison.

    Also, of late, I’ve discovered a liking for pinot noir and so I’ll leave you with this quote: “…God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the devil made Pinot Noir.”

  21. Wendy, I hope you have a wonderful start to your new year!! Thanks for sharing so much with us. Thank you for taking the time to blog and write your wonderful patterns for us!! I’ve been reading your blog for several years and I’ve learned a lot from you!!
    Here’s to a prosperous, happy, peaceful New Year!! And here’s hoping you live pain free!!

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  22. NO! This is to much temptation and the year just started. No fair, sooo not fair. That recipe makes me want to purr deeply, enjoy an after dinner brandy, and take a 10 hour nap.

    Happy New Year! May you be blessed with Health, Peace and the Magic of Living.

  23. definitely sounds good! I’m just glad to have something new to do with all that meat in our freezer! LOL. Happy New Year!

  24. I love venison stew! Try adding fresh cranberries towards the end some time.

    Happy 2009 to you, KOARC and the little princess!

  25. gosh that looks yummy! Happy new year!

  26. Happy New Year Wendy & Lucy!

    I hope your venison stew turned out good. Venison is very common here in Wisconsin where deer hunting is a way of life for some. My husband used to hunt, but doesn’t anymore. I miss the venison meat.
    I also cooked a nice New Years meal, but I roasted a prime rib.

    Enjoy your New Years Day!

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  27. My first thought was to wonder where the venison came from, but you ‘splained that. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

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  28. Hi Wendy, Hope that you will have a Happy New Year and good health. Give Lucy a Happy New Year hug from me.

  29. How funny is that, we just made venison stew for the first time a couple of days ago, venison from a friend. Forgot to put the wine in though, darnit. Happy New Year!

  30. Your fingers must be twitching…no knitting talk for a week!

  31. Excellent timing, Wendy. The husband brought home his own share from his latest hunting trip, and it’s good to have ideas of what to cook with it. Thank you!


    Hope the New Year brings you lots of success and happiness.

  33. Nice thanks…my papa is a big deer hunter so i’ve grown up eating deer meat. I’m getting tired of deer burgers and deer jerky so this will be a nice change.

  34. You had leftover wine??

  35. Happy Birthday!

  36. claybustinprincess says:

    Yummy recipe! I’ll put it on the menu for next week. I have a freezer full of venison — by my own hand with my own little bow. And, yes, I also knit in my blind. πŸ™‚

  37. Raye, mother the other Capricorn Wendy says:

    Dear Wendy,

    A very happy and wonderful New Year to you, KOARC, and ms. Lucy!

    I also wish you a very happy birthday (a date I can’t forget)!

    Big hugs being sent to you from New York!


  38. Thank you for linking to the Broken Arrow Ranch website. I have been looking for a venision connection for years. I went and placed an order right away. I hope it is as good as it looks in your stew.

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  39. That stew looks really good! It’s on the ‘to make’ list.

    Happy new year to all at Chez Wendy.

    Happy birthday Wendy!

  40. Happy New Year Wendy and Lucy.

    My husband was given about 2lbs of Vension and now I know what to do with it. The only twist is I’m using a crock pot.

  41. It is good luck to bring the year in with a feast. I cooked all day, too. Wishing you a great year of good health and happiness.

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  42. Stew sounds great. It would work in a crock pot really good also.
    I like dinner waiting for me when I get home so I use mine alot.
    Happy New Year!!

  43. I have been wanting a recipe for venison stew, but have been too lazy to search out one on the internet!! Thanks.

    I was perplexed by that one ingredient “left over Pinot Noir”, no such thing in my house. Wine-yes, “left over”-no!!

    Happy New Year!