Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Zesty Venison Soup

October, the designated "soup month" here at Home Joys, is over - but believe it or not I still have some soups to share. One of my goals in sharing soup recipes was to have all my favorite soup recipes located in one spot. So, I plan to share a few more this month. Hopefully toward the end of November I can get on a new topic and share some of our favorite whole grain cookie recipes for Christmas baking.

This soup is another favorite from my mom. I think it is the only soup I make containing cauliflower. I've never grown cauliflower before but picked up some plants by mistake this fall. I always heard cauliflower was hard to grow but these actually did  okay and were the excuse I needed to make this soup this week. I didn't have any fresh venison so used some canned venison instead. It made a quick fix meal since the meat was already tender. This is a thick and hearty stew great for the cold weather we've been experiencing the last few days.
The bread is the honey oatmeal bread from Discovering Sourdough. As usual I did some adapting and replaced some of the white flour with whole wheat.

Zesty Venison Stew

1-2 lb venison stew meat
1 med onion, chopped
2 T ketchup
2 T Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup vinegar
2 medium potatoes, chopped
1 cup sliced carrots
2 cup cauliflower, chopped

Cut meat into 1 inch pieces. Saute onion in oil til tender. Add ketchup, Worchestershire, and salt. Blend in flour. Add meat, broth , and vinegar. Stir well. Cover and simmer until meat is tender about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add potatoes and carrots to stew. Simmer 20 minutes. Add cauliflower and cook until tender. Serve.


  1. Oh yummy! I'm looking forward to those cookies recipes. Cauliflower is maybe Derek's favorite veggie -- I should make this soup!

  2. we love deer meat in my house i substitute where ever i would have put ground beef or turkey. alot of people tell me that they don't use deer meat in recipe because its gamey tasting to them. i have never had a problem with this, I season our food well. not spicy just really seasoned. How about you, what do say about this? just wondering. love your blog
    God Bless

  3. DH -
    We love venison, too. My dad always said that the taste depends on the way the meat is taken care of. I have never had it taste "gamey" though I've heard others who didn't like it. I usually can our deer meat. It is perfect for a quick meal. One year we ground some venison. I would use it half and half with ground beef in a any recipe and I almost liked it better than all ground beef.


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