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Venison Meatballs

I have always eaten venison or deer meat in restaurants but have never cooked it myself.  When I spotted venison for sale at the local market recently, I bought some mince.  I made 2 recipes with it – venison meatballs and an eggplant stack.  As it is quite a lean meat, it will be ideal for jerky or pemmican.  Maybe that’s what I will make the next time I get hold of some venison.

Recipe for Venison Meatballs


  • 500gm ground venison
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup bacon rasher, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup almond flour


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and gently mix everything together, then make into small balls.
  2. Heat some fat in a pan and saute them until cooked.  Alternatively you can place them in a tray and bake them in the oven at 180C for about 45 minutes

I serve the meatballs with some salad and a roasted eggplant puree.

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