October 06, 2009

Crockpot Venison Stew

I just want to mention Kathleen, a new blogger I met this week. Take a peek at Gonna want seconds! She already has some yummy recipes up there and I'm sure there will be more!


It is that time of year again. The time when some women say they are Hunter's Widows. The time when men like Grumpy who live and breathe to hunt - are gone every weekend and some weeknights. Lost to the woods.

Well, if you ask me, I don't consider it a bad thing! As a matter of fact, last weekend, I'm not sure who was more upset it was raining. Grumpy or myself. He was moody and miserable because the weather stunk and he finally decided "someone" had it out for him. I was rather thinking "someone" had it out for me. After all. I want him out of the house so I can do "my" thing. I love my hunter's widow time!


To give him a full welcome into the season, I used our last package of stew meat and made him a Crockpot Venison Stew recipe from Cooking Light. I thought this turned out awesome. I had never made a stew the way this recipe read (using beer). It really had great flavor and made the house smell awesome. I liked this one so much I will probably use it over if and when Grumpy gets out in those woods again and if and when he brings home a buck....he can't do it when he's in the house grumpin' so someone needs to make this weather turn around!

Other crockpot recipes you may enjoy:
Melt in your Mouth Pot Roast - The Tiptoe Fairy
Crockpot BBQ Beef - Renees Kitchen Adventures
Crockpot Mushroom Artichoke Chicken - Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

Crockpot Venison Stew
Cooking Light Recipe

2 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato
2 cups cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 cup cubed onion
1 cup slices celery
1 cup slices carrot
1/3 cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound venison tenderloin, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup brown ale
1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth

Layer first 14 ingredients in an electric slow cooker.
Combine flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish; dredge venison in flour mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add venison. Cook 4 minutes or until browned on all sides, turning frequently. Add venison to slow cooker. Pour beer and broth over venison. Cover and cook on low 7 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaf.
Stew can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months; add a little more water or beer when reheating.


Amanda said...

LOL - my hubby doesn't hunt, but there are plenty of them here in southern WI! A good friend of mine looks forward o this time of year. Her boyfriend and all his buddies go up north for a week of hunting. She can't wait to get him out of the house LOL!

This stew looks great - I have never tried venison. Sounds like a shocker, but since we don't have a hunter here... I bet this would be just as fabulous with beef too :)

Jessie\ said...

Grumpy cracks me up! sitting around sulking because it was bad day weather wise. I hope that yummy venison stew cheered him up!

Barbara Bakes said...

You take such good care of Grumpy! I might need my husband to take up hunting so I can have a week by myself!

Natalie said...

wow yum! I haven't had venison since I was a little kid, but this sounds awesome!

Pam said...

My husband would love this stew, especially because you cooked it with beer. Great photos Shelby.

Mags said...

It's been awhile since I've had venison stew. Hubby doesn't hunt, but my dad and brothers did when I was growing up and I fondly remember all the meals we ate from their hunts. This looks delicious Shelby.

Helene said...

What a stew. Looks delicious.

teresa said...

my tummy is cravint this stew!

Josie said...

You crack me up! You sound exactly like my mom about my dad regarding hunting (and what a pain in the tush they can be when the weather doesn't cooperate!). I need a grumpy in my life to bring home venison for me so I can try this stew!

Katy ~ said...

HoneyB, I can just see Grumpy's big smile for this one. It looks outstanding!

Coleen's Recipes said...

We don't have access to venison here, but we DO make moose stew. I'm chuckling at Grumpy not wanting to hunt in the rain...a little wimpy don't you thin? haha. I totally know what you mean about enjoying Grumpys hunting trips. Around here we call it, enjoying Hubbys snowmachine trips.

HoneyB said...


Grumpy went out...early morning and evening hunt. So he still went out....he just complained. ;-)

Coleen, it not so much he doesn't want to be in the rain. Its more that its too windy and raining pretty hard to be hunting with a bow. Right now it is archery season. ;-) However, that said, it has done nothing but rain here for about 2 weeks straight now.

Barbara, I get more than a week. ;-) Early archery starts around Sept 28 and he hunts right thru muzzleloader, rifle...up to the 2nd weekend in December!

Donna-FFW said...

Well, that just looks absolutely delish! Grumpy is LUCKY to have you.

Phoenix said...

This looks amazing! I've been trying to think of a way to get the boyfriend interested in something other than burger meat, and this might do the trick. Thanks for sharing!

{kiss my spatula} said...

what a perfect stew for a chilly evening! i love venison!

Nat said...

Gorgeous !

Olga said...

have never had venison. it's gray and cold in DC...would love a bowl of it.

pigpigscorner said...

I've only had venison at restaurants and have no idea where to buy the meat. This looks great!

Mama C said...

I made this recipe recently and it turned out fantastic! The only changes I made was to use rice flour instead of ap flour, and pino noir instead of beer, as we were somehow out...

MacKenzie said...

I was wondering about how much this recipe makes. I have to feed about 25 to 30 fireman (also known as food vacuums haha) and I'm wondering if I shouldn't make two. Thanks.

BRIAN & JOANIE said...

My husband has been making venison stew for years. I made your recipe 2 days ago. He says it was the best he's ever had. I made pop overs with them. Yummy!

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