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venison stew aka: clean out the fridge stew

Recipe by
Lake Mills, WI

This recipe came about when Dear Hubby decided to put a venison tenderloin in the fridge to thaw without letting me know. As I was wondering what the mess was in the fridge, I spotted the meat! Oh my, how long was it there? Time to make some emergency venison stew! I had some veggies that needed using and a little time on my hands...this is the resulting recipe and it is fantastic! Be creative as to what you want to add to your stew and make it your own! I hope you try my method for cleaning out the refrigerator and discover a delicious stew of your own!

yield 6 -8
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr 40 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For venison stew aka: clean out the fridge stew

  • 1 lb
    venison, cubed
  • 1/2 c
    flour of choice
  • olive oil
  • 3 sm
    onions, quartered
  • 3 stalk
    celery, chopped
  • 2 lg
    carrots, peel and chopped
  • 1
    sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2
    red potatoes, chopped
  • 2
    russet potatoes, peel and chopped
  • 1
  • mushrooms
  • 1 lb
    green beans, frozen
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • red pepper flakes
  • 3 c
    good chicken stock
  • 1/2 c
    dry red wine
  • salt and pepper

How To Make venison stew aka: clean out the fridge stew

  • Brown the meat
    Cube venison and dredge in flour. Heat a few Tablespoons of olive oil in cooker of choice. When hot add floured meat.
  • sauteed meat
    Brown nicely and remove to a bowl.
  • spices
  • onion celery and spices
    Add a bit more olive oil to the pot if needed and add in onions, celery and spices. Saute until all are fragrant.
  • 5
    Add in all veggies but the tender ones. (mushrooms, zucchini and beans) Stir up well and let them cook a little. Grind some salt and pepper over all.
  • stock and wine
    Add the stock and the wine. Bring to a near boil.
  • 7
    Almost done!
  • almost done!
    Add the reserved meat, stir and turn down the temperature to a simmer. Simmer an hour or until the veggies are nearly ready
  • tender veggies
    Add in the tender veggies and cook for 30 minutes
  • Stew ready
    Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • stew and bread
    Serve with some crusty bread for dipping, Enjoy!