Deer camp venison recipe sure to please
My hunting buddy Jim Sayre showed up at our recent southeast Ohio gun deer camp with a kitchen contribution that took the crew by storm: Southwest venison egg rolls.
Every one of us went home with the recipe, and we all agreed you could make a meal out of them, although Jim just brought them along as an appetizer. Indeed. If you actually plan a meal on these babies, you might want to double the recipe, a single batch of which makes about a dozen rolls.
Without further ado, Jim Sayre’s Southwest venison egg rolls:
- 1 pound of your choice of meat. “Southwest-style venison sausage is what I used, but anything from regular pork sausage to philly steak can be used,” Jim said. Or venny burger. “Get creative.”
- 1 green and 1 red bell pepper finely diced
- 1 sweet or yellow onion finely diced
- 1 pack of eggroll wrappers. “I found them in the produce section,” Sayre advised.
- 12 slices of regular American cheese
- cup of tap water
- Brown meat in skillet and pat well or drain to remove grease, set aside in a bowl.
- Dice peppers and onion and then sauté in the same skillet until they are tender or even slightly caramelized.
- Add meat back into skillet, mix well, and remove from heat.
- Lay out an egg roll wrapper in a diamond position.
- Center a slice of cheese on the wrapper in the same diamond position.
- Spoon on your mix from step 1 across the center left to right (usually 2 or 3 heaping tablespoons)
- Place a cup or bowl of water near your prep area.
- Dab your finger into the water and wet each corner of the wrapper (this makes your folds stick).
- Start your roll by taking the bottom point and folding it up just past the mixture.
- Next, bring each side point into the center. Finally, roll upward until the egg roll is completed.
- Set on a cookie sheet as you get them done.
- Fry the egg rolls in hot oil (“Whatever kind you like; I get mine from Rural King.”) until crisped and browned. With a hot oil, this usually only takes a very short time on each side. Use a pair of tongs to flip.
- Lay them back onto the cookie sheet that is lined with paper towels.
So, deer hunters, here is one fine way to put some of your hard-earned venison on the table – at least until your gang gobbles them up.