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3 Must-Try Venison Recipes for the Holiday Season

Give these delicious venison recipes a try with family and friends over the holidays

3 Must-Try Venison Recipes for the Holiday Season
Venison Egg Bake (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Lakosky)
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Though unplanned, these recipes, collectively, would make a splendid menu for stayover guests during the holidays. Christmas meals utilizing venison? You'll have dinner guests talking for years to come.

Hunt Masters show host Gregg Ritz’s giant venison meatballs with polenta and asparagus recipe would impress anyone, even those used to the traditional turkey and ham. Still need more time to prep dinner?

Karin Holder's venison loin and cheese appetizer on toast would make an inviting addition to your spread – they won’t last!

Do buy a few extra bottles of Merlot, an ingredient in Greg’s meatball recipe, to serve at the table. Merlot is an inexpensive, easy-to-drink table wine that pairs well with tomato-based foods.

When serving lots of people, which is often the case on Christmas, a breakfast casserole is a satisfying and no-fuss way to feed many mouths in the morning. Continuing with the venison theme, for breakfast try Lee and Tiffany Lakosky’s venison egg bake.

Venison Holiday Appetizer

Venison Holiday Appetizer
Venison Holiday Appetizer (Photo courtesy of Karin Holder)

Recipe by Karin Holder


  • 1 deer loin
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup of teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Slap Ya Mamma seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pam
  • Sourdough baguette
  • Butter
  • Crush garlic
  • Horseradish Havarti cheese, sliced thinly
  • Green onion, white parts sliced lengthwise

Get the recipe: Venison Holiday Appetizer Recipe

For Dinner: Giant Venison Meatballs with Polenta and Asparagus

Giant Venison Meatballs with Polenta and Asparagus
Giant Venison Meatballs with Polenta and Asparagus Recipe (Photo courtesy of Gregg Ritz)

Recipe by Gregg Ritz


  • 1 to 2 pounds of ground venison, depending on the size of your party
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of merlot
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (mine is Rao’s)
  • 1 sleeve or box of your favorite polenta
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Get the recipe: Giant Venison Meatballs with Polenta and Asparagus Recipe

Mornings: Venison Egg Bake

Recipe by Lee and Tiffany Lakosky


  • 10 to 12 slices of bread
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 ½ pounds browned and drained venison breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of mushrooms drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup

Get the recipe: Venison Egg Bake Recipe


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