Deer or venison sausage is one of the most versatile food you can use in your meals. Like the regular type of pork or lamb sausage, venison sausage can be fried and served for breakfast. You can also bake or grill the sausage and insert into a bun topped with mustard dressing for a light lunch.
With some courage and sense of adventure, you can use deer sausage in place of the regular sausages you’ve always used or go bold and replace the entire meat component of your dish with deer sausages.
But do you want to know how to cook deer sausage from scratch? Surprisingly, the process of sausage making is relatively easy. You can make your own given the right equipment and ingredients.
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I. How to Make Your Own Deer Sausage
- 2 lbs boneless venison meat, cubed
- 1 lb slightly fatty pork shoulder, cubed
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 cup red wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and combine well with your hands. Scoop the mixture into the meat grinder and process into a patty-like consistency. Repeat the grinding process if the first run is coarser than desired. Once done, place the ground meat into a mechanical meat stuffer and catch into the sausage casing. Tie the ends of the casing and repeat the process until you form links.
You can refrigerate the sausages for one day or smoke for 12 hours. You can then cook and use the venison sausages to your meals.
II. Characteristics of Venison Sausage
Deer sausages look so much like other sausages that you are already familiar with. They often come in long links stuffed with meat. But since deer is a game animal and not a domesticated one, the taste and texture are slightly different. Deer meat is often described as “gamey” and “wild.”
Deer has a lot of lean meat and less fat. A deer that eats a lot of corn has meat that tastes milder, while one that eats a lot of sage will taste more “gamey.” Still, deer meat will always taste “wild” compared to pork, beef and lamb and other domesticated and farm-raised animals.
Since deer meat is leaner than other types of meat, it is essential to add a fatty element into sausage mixture to bring in tenderness and juiciness. Pure venison sausage tastes dry and characteristically “gamey,” so adding fat from pork is important to balance the texture and flavors.
Additionally, you might find yourself using some spices to balance out the flavors of venison in your sausage and subdue the meat’s strong wild flavor. If you’re using the sausages as an ingredient in other recipes, make sure to consider what spices have been used to avoid redundancy.
III. How to Serve Venison Sausage in Dishes
You always eat your sushi raw and pan-fry sausages in your favorite cookware. You can do that with venison sausages too, but you don’t eat them raw. You can fry the sausages in olive oil for a quick breakfast or grill them during your backyard barbecue as you would with other types of sausages.
Fancy using venison sausages in other recipes, either as an ingredient or the main attraction? Well, there are certainly more to deer sausage than their fried and grilled versions.
1. Use in Pasta Recipes
You can use sliced deer sausages in your pasta sauce for a richer and distinct meaty flavor. Alternatively, you can crumble, cook the sausage and season over prepared pasta.
2. Infuse with Rice
Rice is like a blank canvas for flavors and adding in some deer sausages will bring a new level and texture to your rice-based dish. Your risotto will certainly benefit from the intense flavors of deer sausage and some mushroom. Moreover, your paella will uniquely blend in with slices of spicy venison sausage.
3. Alternative to Pork
Bake venison sausages in place of pork chops along with some butter and sugar glaze. Add in some apples on the side for sweetness then serve with complementary mashed potatoes and buttered beans. This recipe is certainly more than passable for a main dinner dish.
4. Use in Soups and Stews
Many countries in Europe have traditional soups and stews revolving around sausages. In many cases, you can replace any sausage from the recipe with deer sausage. For instance, the famous Polish stew called the “bigos” features game meat, sausage, and sauerkraut. Additionally, you can replace the chorizo with deer sausage in the Portuguese soup called “caldo verde.”
5. Repurpose Leftover Deer Sausages
Whether you have surplus supply or deer sausages or cooked way too many of them for breakfast, you can always find something to do with the leftovers. You can combine cooked venison sausages with some roasted vegetables or use them for gumbo.
You could even use some cooked deer sausages to mix with your cold salad of sliced apples and nuts along with a light dressing. Or, you might want to chop up the cooked sausages into small pieces and put into your tortilla.
The taste of venison can be unique and conventional to some people, but it’s nonetheless rich and flavorful. The same can be said for deer sausages. You just need to give your palate some time to be familiar with the flavors. After which, you’ll definitely be able to come up with ideas where you can use these sausages in a number of your specialties.