Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to share a nice dinner with the one you love. But if you try to eat at a restaurant, you’re bound to be met with large crowds, long waits, and most likely sub-par service. Spending the night at home is a romantic way to celebrate the occasion. This weekend, impress your date by preparing one of these wild game dishes from our list of Valentine’s Day recipes.
Venison wild game recipes are relatively easy to find online, but this Venison Risotto recipe is definitely among the best. Risotto is a rice dish from northern Italy that is known for its creamy, indulgent texture. The first step to cooking this dish is the soffritto (Italian for “to brown”) process, where you sauté the vegetables and rice in olive oil. Briefly cook the venison with the rice and vegetables before adding a can of crushed tomatoes and water. Once the water has cooked down, pop it in the oven to crisp the outer layer before serving. Although this dish is time consuming to prepare, your efforts will be well rewarded.
In France, Normandy is famous for its apples, cider, and cream. Chicken Normandy is a classic French recipe that showcases these items in a delicious casserole-style dish. Pheasant Normandy is a modern adaptation of this longtime favorite that is equally as tasty and impressive. The pheasants are first browned in a pan before being stuffed with lemon slices and rosemary. While this bakes in the oven, prepare a pan sauce from the apples, butter, cider, and cream. Pour the sauce over the pheasant and allow to bake for about an hour. Pheasant Normandy pairs well with a side of boiled potatoes.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is one of the wild game recipes where the game really gets the chance to shine. The Italian-style preparation and seasoning complements the delicate flavors of the rabbit. Although this dish is extremely simple to make, you will need to start early because it requires long periods of cooking on the stove and in the oven.
Start by making a rabbit stock. Simply cover the pieces of rabbit in water and allow it to cook on the stove for a few hours. Put the legs and saddle in a Dutch oven with some of the rabbit stock, as well as some onion, white wine, thyme, and garlic cloves. Braise in the oven for about two hours. The meat will be extremely tender and flavorful when it is done.
Wild Boar Chops
In this recipe, Wild Boar Chops are served with Citrus Zest, Shallots, and a Mustard Cream Sauce. Marinate the wild boar chops overnight in a mixture of butter and a combination of spices, such as kosher salt, white peppercorn, dry mustard, thyme, and oregano. Sauté the wild boar chops in a pan before allowing them to finish in the oven. Make a sauce using citrus zest, shallots, white wine, vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, cream, and some of the pan drippings from the chops. Strain the sauce before pouring over the wild boar chops and serving.
Pair any of these recipes with a nice glass of wine and a decadent dessert for a guaranteed Valentine’s Day dinner success.