My plate, a simple series where I show you what was on my plate, or maybe in the pan right before it goes on my plate.

Mr Chiots is a hunter, so each year our freezer is filled with loads of venison. This past November, he got four deer for the freezer, a few of them were yearlings so they’re fairly small, but quite tasty. One of my favorite winter meals is roasted venison. You can’t get much easier than making a roast. Throw a variety of root vegetables and a roast in a dutch oven, add a few spices like thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Top it off with a cup or two of red wine or a dark beer, and throw it in the oven at 325 for 3-5 hours depending on the size of the roast.

When the meat is falling apart, remove from the oven, plate vegetables & meat and make a gravy with the pan juices. There’s nothing quite like it on a cold winter evening. Side it with a bitter green salad and you’ve got a healthy nourishing meal that only took minutes to prepare (minus the cooking time).

What delicious goodness has been on your place recently?

6 Responses to My Plate: February 12, 2012

  1. Susan says:

    Looks good. I always get too lazy to make the pan gravy, but I bet it is worth the extra few minutes.
    We’ve eaten through most of our venison–my hubby needs to get back out in the tree before the season is over!

  2. Christine says:

    That is EXACTLY my kind of meal. Love it. Now I’m hungry again!

  3. Katelyn Faye says:

    This morning we were out of maple syrup so I put banana, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor and spread it on my pancakes. Om nom nom…

  4. That’s pretty much the only way I ever cook venison.

    We had a leg of lamb after our sap cooking day on Tuesday, for a decidedly unromantic dinner a cinc (me, my husband, our son, my MiL, and my husband’s friend). And baked potatoes. I like the potatoes more than the lamb, frankly, though no one else agrees with me.

  5. I just made the deer roast you gave us, and Alptekin had 1/2 of it gobbled up before it even made it on a plate. It was to be his b-day treat, so all the better, but I had hoped to PHOTOGRAPH it for the blog… OH, WELL… LOL

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