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Cooking on the Wild Side September 2012

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Venison Meatballs

  • 2 lbs. ground venison
  • ½ package onion soup mix
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 can sauerkraut, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can cranberry sauce

Preheat oven to 325°. Combine venison, onion soup mix, cracker crumbs and eggs. Form into meatballs and place in a 9" x 13" baking dish which has been sprayed with vegetable spray.

In separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Spread mixture over top of meatballs. Bake uncovered at 325° for 1 hour.

Yin & Yang Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, halved
  • 1 cup sour cream, halved
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. half & half

Bake potatoes at 400° for on hour. Remove from oven. While hot, remove peelings from sweet potatoes and place in bowl. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and ½ stick of butter, cut into small pieces, and ½ cup sour cream. Mash well with fork or potato masher. Set aside and keep warm. Peel Yukon potatoes and place in bowl. Add remaining ½ stick butter and ½ cup sour cream, salt and pepper. Mash with fork or potato masher. Add half & half as needed.

Place sweet potato mixture over Yukon potato mixture and mix together only slightly as in a marble cake.

Garlic Green Beans

  • 1 package frozen petite whole green beans
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add green beans while frozen. When heated through, add garlic. Sauté until beans are tender. Salt and pepper to taste. When done, squeeze lemon juice over beans and serve immediately.

Apple-Pie Cake

  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apples, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup pecans

Spray 9-inch pie pan with vegetable spray. Melt butter. Beat in sugar and egg. Add remaining ingredients and spread in pie pan. Bake at 400° in Dutch oven about 45 minutes or until tests done. Slice as pie and serve.

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