ground venison recipe that will have all your family rejoicing!  Layers of golden potatoes, green chilis, lots of garlic and a savory blend of soft cheeses make this hunters casserole a big win!

 

How to Make Ground Venison Recipe or Bison or Elk meat

Ingredients

Hunter's Casserole
  •   2 pounds potatoes unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 pounds ground venison, elk or Bison from the Carolina Fish Market
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 oz green chilies chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 14 oz ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

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Instructions

  1. Using a large pot, boil two pounds of skin-on golden potatoes in lightly salted water until fork tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mash them well with ½ cup of butter.
  3. Spread your mashed potatoes into the bottom of a 13×9 pan or two smaller square roasting pan(s) and set aside.
  4. Brown two pounds of ground venison in 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and drain the cooked meat if necessary.  Remove the meat, but do not clean the pan.
  5. In the same pan that you cooked the meat, sauté 1 cup of chopped white onion, ½ cup of chopped yellow bell pepper and three minced cloves of garlic for three minutes. Add the undrained can of green chilis, 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. Hungarian paprika, 1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. cracked black pepper and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Stir your cooked vegetables into your bowl of meat and spread it on top of the mashed potatoes to make the second layer.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese and remaining ½ tsp. of salt.
  8. Pour the cheese mixture on top of the meat layer and top with 8 oz. of shredded cheese.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Notes

For a richer flavor, try adding chives and garlic powder to the mashed potatoes! Don’t have venison?  You can easily make this recipe with ground beef.

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