Venison Stroganoff

Yesterday afternoon I had a nice little cat nap, which was fantastic. But then it was already time for dinner. And what was I going to make?

That never happens, right?!?

I’d already thawed some of the ground deer meat in preparation for prepping a few meals tomorrow so I threw a pound into a skillet and did a quick mental inventory of what I could make quickly with what we had in the house.

Pasta came to mind but I wasn’t in the mood for a chili mac or anything that had a tomato based sauce. I tend to always make those things with ground meat and I’m a little burned out since I’ve been working hard to use the meat in the freezer. Again, apologies to those who hate the idea of eating Bambi but we eat what Garen kills. This meal would be equally good with beef or turkey.

Stroganoff came to mind. Easy. Fast. And I had everything I needed to make.

I’m not sure I’d even call this a recipe but it must’ve been pretty good because it was a hit with even Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Here’s what I threw together:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat (I used venison/deer)
  • 1/2 onion, diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Frozen green peas
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked past

Instructions:

  • Start cooking the pasta.
  • Brown the ground meat with the onions and garlic.
  • Throw in the green peas and add the beef broth. Stir up and simmer for about a minute or two until the peas thaw.
  • In a mixing cup, mix the cornstarch and water. Add to the meat and peas to thicken the sauce.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  • Add the cream of mushroom soup and sour cream and stir.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the pasta is ready either add it to the mixture and serve or top the pasta with the Stroganoff mixture.

Like I said, it was pretty tasty. The boys and Clara both had seconds even. That’s a sure sign it’s tasty. I used penne pasta because that’s what I had but it would probably be fantastic with some egg noodles.

Plus, it’s also super easy and fast, made with stuff we almost always have on hand. Winner winner, it’s deer for dinner!

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