Looking for a super easy but delicious venison stew recipe that works equally well in a cast iron pot over an open fire as it does on the stove?
Recently we decided to bring a venison roast and some root veggies out to the woods with us when we went on a rabbit hunt with the traditional bows. We figured that we would put together an hearty and easy stew that could bubble away on hot coals after a long morning of hunting and wow did it ever turn out amazing!
- 2-3 lb Venison Roast – Cut in half to fit in the pot
- 1 White Turnip – Cubed
- 1 Rutabaga – Cubed
- 2 Large Carrots – Sliced
- 1 Medium Onion – Sliced
- 4 Cloves of Garlic – Crushed
- Dijon Mustard
- 1 Can of Beer
- 1 Liter of Water
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- Vegetable Oil
- Wild Game Seasoning (Whichever brand you prefer)
Salt your roast and let it rest while you heat up the pot over coals or high heat. Add a few lugs of vegetable oil to your pot. Once oil is hot, sear the outside of your roast. Once 1 side is nice and brown add 2 cloves of garlic to your pot and continue to brown your roast.
Once all sides of your roast are browned, remove from the pot and let stand. Add another lug or two of vegetable oil to your pot, heat the oil and add onions first, then once onions start to turn slightly translucent, add your rutabaga. Cook for a few minutes until rutabaga begins to soften. Now, Add salt, pepper, a couple of dollops of Dijon mustard, garlic cloves and wild game spice, a can of beer and stir.
Add your roast back into the pot and use your water to fill the pot 2/3 of the way up the roast and veg. Cover and now let the magic happen. Check your stew occasionally, and depending on the heat of the fire/coals/element add water to keep that 2/3 depth as the liquid reduces. After about 1 hour, add the white turnip and carrots. Cover and continue to cook until the meat pulls apart easily.
Serve with your favourite bread to mop up the liquid and a strong cup of coffee. Best served on the tailgate of a pickup truck after a great morning of hunting! Enjoy!