Introduction: Venison Bits Stew

This delightful and simple recipe is a fantastic way to make use of all deer meat harvested from a hunt to ensure there is only minimal waste. This was handed down to me from my mom and I have been using it for quite some time. Similar to cattle, the deer muscle can be cooked up as steaks, ribs, roasts, etc. However, there are always bits of flesh that are left over from the butchering process. When you gather them up, they can actually add up to a good number of pounds of excellent stew meat for this recipe.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

The following ingredients will be needed:

1) Two pounds of Venison which are cut down to about 1 inch cubes.

2) One packet of French Onion Soup Mix

3) One can of Garlic Cream of Mushroom Soup

4) Two small Eight ounce cans of Diced Mushrooms

No salt is needed for this recipe due to the soup mixes that are utilized. Additional vegetables can be added but I prefer to cook them on the side. Once you make this recipe your own, there are limitless options to fine tune for your individual preference.

Step 2: Mix the Primary Ingredients

The next step is to layer the ingredients in a large bowl.

1. Put the Can of Mushrooms (with water) on the bottom

2. Add the Cream of Mushroom Soup

3. Put the French Onion Soup mix on top.

4. Mix by handle until it is a thick brown gravy-like mixture.

One other note is that you can use any order of the ingredients above. I have found this to be the easiest and fastest way to make the coating without it clumping up.

Step 3: Add Meat and Mixtures to Crock

For the next step, first add the meat to crock pot. Then, add the soup mixture. Using a spatula, mix the entire contents to ensure everything is well blended. Set the Crock pot either on high for about 4 hours or low for about 6 hours.

Step 4: Create Your Complements and Enjoy!

During the cooking time, I like to prepare fresh mashed potatoes and vegetables to complement the overall dish and make it a balance meal. I hope you enjoy this recipe and feel good that no meat was wasted on your freshly harvested deer!

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