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    Venison Chili


    I received, for lack of a better word, a loaf of ground venison from a friend and wanted to use it in a way I hadn’t done before. I’ve prepared Rack of Venison before but never had the opportunity to work with ground product. Being wild caught I knew that the ground meat would be a tad gamier so I needed something that would take advantage of that fact without totally masking the taste. I immediately thought of doing a chili but the recipes I have would almost surely obliterate that fact that my guests would be eating deer meat. I went through my library of recipes and decided on the one I have for turkey chili adjusting it to taste. This recipe will make enough for six people.

    You will need:
    One pound ground Venison
    One medium Vidalia or Walla Walla onion diced.
    One medium green pepper diced.
    Olilve Oil
    One 14 ounce can diced tomato.
    One 14 ounce can white beans such as cannellini, drained and rinsed.
    Chicken Broth – approximately 2 cups.
    Tomato Paste – approximately 2 TBSP.
    Garlic – approximately 2 cloves diced finely.
    Chili powder – approximately 2 TBSP
    Ground Cumin – approximately 2 tsp.
    Ground Cinnamon – approximately 1 tsp.
    Ground Allspice – approximately 1 tsp
    Dried Oregano – approximately 2 tsp.l
    Salt/pepper to taste
    Good quality bittersweet chocolate – approximately 2 TBSP grated fine.
    Grated Sharp Cheddar cheese

    In a hot dutch oven add 2 or 3 TBSP of olive oil – remember venison is very lean – sauté ground meat until just browned, add tomato paste, garlic, onion, green pepper continue to sauté until vegetables soften, add all the spices/herbs and continue to cook for approximately three minutes. Taste for balance of seasonings adjust to your personal taste. Add chicken broth, diced tomato and beans stir to combine. Turn heat down to a simmer, cover dutch oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes. Check again for seasoning balance and adjust if needed. Stir in grated chocolate, serve immediately topped with some of the grated cheddar cheese.

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