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May 25, 2013 02:02 PM

Game meats in the summer - recipes/suggestions?

My best friend's birthday falls just before midsummer, and I was planning on making her dinner to celebrate. I was going to make a game dish since those are her favourite meats, but most of my recipes for those are better suited to autumn and winter.

Any suggestions? Venison would be my first choice, but I have access to a wide range of options. We also don't have a barbeque, so that's off the table.


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  1. If you want a game dish for summer I would suggest quail, either Moroccan or Vietnamese style.

    1. I think a bigger concern would be the availability of game -- summer is when wild animals are raising young, so very few species will be "open season" in the summer.

      Additionally, animals are leaner in the summer, as opposed to when they're adding weight for winter and hibernation, so not quite as succulent.

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      1. re: sunshine842

        I'm not big on game myself, so I could have been mislead, but the game dealer I was talking to earlier this week said that he should have most varieties in stock come mid-June.

        Thanks for the advice, though; I'll make sure to double-check with another dealer just in case.

        1. re: hearthtender

          anything is available if it's been in the freezer for several months....

          ....but if you want fresh, your options are going to be limited.

      2. My first thought would be pâté. Or a few, especially if you have access to various game meats. It would highlight the game, and seem summery in that luxurious picnic way.

        I like to use ground venison for picadillo, mostly because it improves the very lean meat and I generally have a lot to use up. The venison *mostly* gets lost in the flavors of the picadillo, but it does seem "summery" to me, as does most Latin food.