Venison, Italian beef style

Posted on June 16, 2012

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This meal is simple but a bit time consuming.  In order to really get the meat to that falling apart tender and juicy stage, it really needs to cook for at least 12 hours, so you’ll have to plan ahead.  I put mine in the crock pot before bed so it was perfect by dinner the next day.  I used venison, but you can always just use beef, lamb, or even pork.  Lean meats like the venison benefit from this low and slow cooking method, since they can otherwise be tough and dry.  This version isn’t very spicy, so if you like heat, use more chilis, or super hot ones.  I used serranos.  I served mine tonight with homemade veggie chips (recipe to be posted tomorrow) and a romaine salad with creamy avocado vinegarette.

For Venison:

1 3lb venison roast

1 1/2 cups water

1 large onion, chopped

1 head garlic finely chopped

3 spicy chilis chopped

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 bay leaves

1 sprig fresh rosemary

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 sprig fresh oregano

1 sprig fresh basil

In a large crock pot, combine first 12 ingredients.  Cook on high for about the first 3 hours, then turn crock pot to low and allow to simmer until meat is very tender and easy to pull apart, at least 8 hours.  Using a large fork start shredding meat in the pot.  It should just fall apart by this point.  Baste meat well with juices and continue to simmer.  About an hour before serving, remove fresh herbs from their stems and stir them into the pot.  Add plenty of salt and pepper to taste.

For salad:

1 head romaine roughly chopped

1/2 ripe avocado

1 small shallot

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp fresh parsley

1/4 nut milk

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice

1/4 cup avocado, or olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender and process until smooth.  Slowly stream in oil until blended well.  Serve dressing over romaine as a tasty and simple side salad.  If you like add some crumbled bacon bits, and if you are primal some shredded parm would be delicious.  Enjoy!

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