Ground venison stroganoff is a rich and creamy comforting meal. It is a family-favorite dinner made with ground venison instead of beef for a tasty twist on a classic recipe! It comes together in under 30 minutes with simple ingredients like mushrooms, beef broth, and heavy cream. Served over egg noodles it is an easy, delicious, and satisfying meal.
Stroganoff is usually made with either beef chunks or ground meat, but I love the addition of ground venison. The earthy and slightly gamey flavor of the deer meat complements the flavors of the mushrooms, garlic, and beef broth very well.
Venison is a rich red meat that is very tender and flavorful. If you are new to cooking with venison or any wild game meats, it can be used in the same ways as beef to create a tasty and wonderful dish! Here is another delicious bison stroganoff dish for you to try!
Ground venison. Also called ground deer meat, it gives this easy stroganoff recipe a delicious flavor.
Olive oil. Used to brown the meat and vegetables.
Mushrooms. The earthiness of chopped mushrooms pairs well with the ground venison to give a nice savory flavor to this dish.
Onions and garlic. Makes the sauce more hearty with amazing flavor.
Flour. Used to thicken the stroganoff sauce.
Beef broth. To create the sauce and add a rich depth of flavor.
Heavy cream and sour cream. Whipping cream makes the sauce very creamy and the sour cream adds a nice tanginess and helps to thicken the sauce as well.
Worcestershire sauce. This bold and savory sauce enhances the meatiness of this dish.
Salt and black pepper. Season to taste.
How to make ground venison recipe
Heat oil in the pan and add ground venison. If the meat is frozen, thaw it on the counter for a few hours first. Or in the fridge overnight if you like to plan ahead.
Break it down and brown in the skillet for couple minutes. Add sliced portabella or white mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Add flour and mix it in. Make sure there is no flour lumps.
Add the rest of the ingredients (except sour cream) and simmer for 5 minutes. Scoop sour cream in to the pan and remove it from heat. Stir and taste, add more seasoning if needed.
What is venison
Venison is a name that refers to ground deer meat but it can also apply to ground antelope, elk, and caribou meat as well. These game meats can be used interchangeably and in many dishes used in the same way as beef.
Ground venison is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals and it is seen as a very healthy red meat. It is incredibly lean and adds a lot of flavor to whatever dish you using it in.
Ground meat. You can substitute the ground venison in this stroganoff recipe for other ground game meats such as elk, antelope, or lamb. Or if you prefer can simply use ground beef or bison instead.
Onion. Use minced shallots or red onions for a milder onion flavor.
Oil. You can use a more neutral-tasting oil instead such as canola or avocado oil.
Broth. Both chicken and vegetable broth work great in this recipe.
Cream and sour cream. If you are dairy-free use coconut cream and vegan sour cream.
Worcestershire sauce. Use soy sauce instead.
You can replace the mushrooms with a different chopped vegetable or simply leave them out.
If you are new to eating wild game meats try making this venison stroganoff with half ground venison and half ground beef or bison. The taste will be milder and very delicious without the gamey flavor of the venison being too strong.
Frequently asked questions
Stroganoff sauce is a creamy brown sauce made with beef broth, sour cream, and mushrooms, and then thickened with flour.
The name deer refers to the animal. Venison refers to the meat of deer and any game animal in the deer family including elk, caribou, and moose.
No, while they are both red meats and can be used in similar ways, these meats have completely different flavors. Beef is rich and meaty, and contains a good amount of fat, while venison has a bolder, earthy, and wilder flavor and is very lean compared to beef.
Venison is considered to be a very healthy red meat. It is much leaner than beef and contains a high amount of iron, selenium, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Since venison isn’t widely available at most grocery stores, look for it at local butcher shops, or farmer’s markets. Also, check out specialty grocery stores such as Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.
You can use ground venison stroganoff leftovers very creatively. Definitely repurpose leftovers to make something new like:
- Venison Stroganoff Sandwich: Spread a layer of leftovers on a slice of toasted bread, top with some cheese, lettuce, and another slice of bread.
- Stuffed Peppers or Zucchini: Hollow out bell peppers or zucchini and stuff them with the stroganoff mixture. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Stroganoff Pie: Pour the stroganoff mixture into a pie crust, top with mashed potatoes or another layer of pie crust, and bake until golden brown.
- Venison Stroganoff Quesadilla: Spread a layer of the stroganoff mixture between two tortillas, add cheese, and cook in a skillet until cheese is melted and tortillas are crispy.
- Stroganoff Poutine: Reheat the stroganoff and pour over a plate of hot french fries, then top with cheese curds or shredded cheese.
- Refrigeration: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Be sure to let the stroganoff cool to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator to avoid raising the overall temperature in your fridge and affecting other food items.
- Freezing: If you plan to store leftovers for a longer period, consider freezing them. Place the cooled stroganoff in a freezer-safe airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag, leaving a little space for expansion. Be sure to label and date the container. Frozen venison stroganoff can last up to 3 months.
- Reheating. To reheat, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. Add more sour cream if needed.
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Hope you will like this Ground venison recipe as much as we do. Please rate the recipe if you made it and leave comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 1 lb ground venison
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ onion, chopped
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in the pan and add venison. Break it down and brown for couple minutes.
- Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Add flour and mix it in.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except sour cream) and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add sour cream and remove from heat. Stir and taste, add more seasoning if needed.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g