The tenderloins are often times consumed at deer camp following a harvest; rarely do these prized cuts of venison ever make the journey home or to the meat processor. Just simply wrapped in bacon and grilled right over an open fire, the tenderloin is not only the most tender part of a white-tailed deer (or antelope, elk, moose, caribou), but it also tastes extra delicious.
Located underneath the ribs and against the backbone, these muscles do little work. Because tenderloins do not require aging, it’s a good idea to remove them before hanging a carcass to prevent them from drying out, but this doesn’t mean you have to eat your prize right away.
To preserve venison tenderloins, package them in vacuum-sealed bags or tightly wrap them to prevent freezer burn. Considered the filet mignon of the hunting world, these cuts are always the first to go in most households. Cook up something memorable to savor the experience.
Here are some mouthwatering, impressive recipes from Outdoor Channel TV show hosts utilizing venison tenderloins, including mini wellingtons from Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, hosts of Crush with Lee & Tiffany, an elegant surf-and-turf dish from Hunt Master’s Gregg Ritz, and easy, healthy elk wraps from the Holder family of Raised Hunting.
Venison Tenderloin Mini Wellingtons Recipe
This Venison Tenderloin Mini Wellingtons Recipe can either be served as a meal or as an appetizer at your next party. (Photo courtesy of "Crush with Lee & Tiffany")
If you're looking for a special venison tenderloin recipe, give these mini wellingtons from Lee & Tiffany Lakosky a try.
- 4 to 6 thick-cut slices venison tenderloin
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
- 2 cups finely chopped onion
- 2 cups paté (we used duck, but any flavor will do)
- 2 sheets puff pastry
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Get the Recipe: Venison Tenderloin Mini Wellingtons Recipe
Venison Tenderloin Oscar Recipe
While complex in taste, this Venison Tenderloin Oscar Recipe is remarkably easy to prepare. (Photo courtesy of Gregg Ritz)
This Venison Tenderloin Oscar Recipe is a low-carb, high-protein dish that the whole family will enjoy.
- 1 (6-ounce) venison tenderloin
- 4 ounces crab meat
- 10 stalks asparagus
- 1 packet Knorr Béarnaise Sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
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Elk Venison Tenderloin Wrap Recipe
This elk venison recipe can be also be served as a platter, allowing people to create their own wraps. (Photo courtesy of Karin Holder)
This Elk Venison Tenderloin Wrap Recipe uses lettuce wraps instead of bread for a low-carb, tasty meal.
- Bib lettuce leaves
- Elk venison tenderloins
- Shredded carrot
- Sliced radish
- Sliced cucumber
- Peanut sauce
- Preferred shredded cheese
Get the Recipe: Elk Venison Tenderloin Wrap Recipe