People often reject the idea of eating deer meat, claiming it has a strong or pungent flavor. But actually the taste is fairly mild, especially as prepared here: Ground venison is mixed with oregano, fennel seeds, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, and a little ground beef for fatty juiciness. It tastes like classic Italian sausage—just add sautéed peppers and onions and gooey melted provolone, and serve on a toasted hoagie roll.
What to buy: You can find ground venison meat at gourmet grocers or online.
This recipe was featured as part of our Game Meat Recipes for the Big Game.
For the sandwich: