Flavorful Venison Stew

Venison. It has always been abundant in our home since Grumpy and I have been together. When he and I got together, the one thing he warned me about was that he hunted and nothing interfered with his hunting. Little did he know that I was happy to hear that because it meant I had the whole hunting season to myself to do my “thing” while he was doing his “thing”! I admit, buy the time the season is over with, I am ready for it to be…..but the beginning of the season its like I hit the jackpot! he he.

This year something did interfere with his hunting season – his work and his mom’s strokes. Work has been busy for him and his mom needing us took precedence over everything we had planned. By the way, we saw her last evening and I was amazed at how great she was doing! She looks great and is actually able to walk some without her walker. She’s still wobbly, but she his making awesome progress!

As a result of hunting season being preempted, we will not have a freezer full of venison for the next year as we have always had. You can bet that next year Grumpy will be full head on the hunt for next year – and will be looking for that “big one” to come by! In the meantime, we will enjoy what we do have in the best way’s possible!

Flavorful Venison Stew
Adapted from: Cooking Light
, JANUARY 2004 (Beef Stew Recipe)

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups diagonally cut carrot
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon or other dry red wine
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 bay leaves
Hot cooked rice

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Add carrots through garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return beef to pan. Stir in water and next 6 ingredients (water through bay leaves); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Cook for 30 minutes or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaves. Serve over top of hot cooked rice.

6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)
WW Points: 6
Calories: 288
Fat: 10.3g
Protein: 25.2gCarbohydrate: 20.1gFiber: 5.7gCholesterol: 71mgIron: 5.5mgSodium: 584mgCalcium: 100mg


  1. says

    That looks great, I love venison! I almost never get to eat it though, I don’t know any hunters. Glad to hear about Grumpys Mother getting better. :)

  2. says

    Ciao ! I’m so happy to hear your mother in law is getting better ! Actually I came to check the TWD…. I didn’t think about hunting but it was stupid of me !(the dearhunter and so on)I love your chick pea patty too ! Baci

  3. says

    Glad to hear things are getting better with his mom. This stew looks great. I have alot of venison in the freezer still, I may have to give this a try.

  4. says

    So glad your Mother in law is better. This stew reminds me of why I enjoyed venison. It has been quite some time. I love the sprig of thyme resting on top. Good venison is hard to beat & so very lean too. Nice food photos.

  5. says

    My dentist has promised me some venison from his next “big one”. I’d really like to try it! Stew is one of my favorite foods, and this looks delectable.

  6. says

    I’m glad to hear that you m-i-l is doing so well. The picture looks like it tastes great but I just can’t bring myself to eat a Bambi, or a Donald. If there is a beloved cartoon attached to an animal…I just can’t.

  7. says

    You’re so lucky to have someone who hunts and brings you venison…I have to buy it farm-raised and it’s not cheap.

    The stew would do me me wonders…snow, cold, Canadian winter.

  8. says

    I have tried venison, but never in stew. Must be good, looks nice! My mom makes great wild boar stew. Takes great amount of seasoning, and veggies, but delicious!

  9. says

    If it weren’t for the fact that my dad gave up deer and is strictly a bird guy now I would swear he and Grumpy must hang out!

    Glad to hear you MIL is doing better…

  10. says

    Good to hear your mother-in-law is on the mend! :-) As for venison, we love it round here! I have not been hunting in a couple years so I mainly rely on the generosity of friends when it comes to obtaining some, so I really ought to dust off the bow and get out there! Thanks for reminding me I have some venison in the freezer. :-)

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