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Deer, or venison as the meat is known, is sweet-tasting and red, and it which works well with plenty of easy steak marinades like the following deer steak marinade. Because deer meat is softer in flavor than steak, you will find the best steak marinade to use on it is something more aromatic and less rich.
Deer can be more expensive than beef or pork, and it can also be more difficult to find, so if you cannot find it have a word with your butcher and see what he suggests. You might be able to find some frozen venison, and then you can gently thaw that in the refrigerator overnight and cook it the next day.
The red wine and garlic in the following steak marinade recipe add flavor to the venison and the cardamom adds an aromatic hint. Do not go overboard with the garlic because the ingredients in this deer steak marinade will give your delicate venison plenty of flavor and suit the unique taste of the meat. Deer has a lovely natural flavor and soaking it in red wine, soy sauce and garlic really brings that flavor out, and the cardamom adds something special too.
⅓ cup oil
½ cup dry red wine
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cardamom
Combine everything together well and pour over the deer steaks.
Marinate for 3 hours at least but overnight if possible.
(Makes 1 ½ Cups)
Whether you sear your venison, like you see in the picture, or cook it for longer is your choice but, like with beef, the longer you cook it the drier it gets, so aim for medium-rare if you want to ensure its succulence. The marinated venison in the picture is served with a mixed leaf salad, but the emphasis is clearly on the deer. This is a unique and unusual meal, and certainly something to make for a birthday or similar occasion. This is a chic, clean-looking dish, and one of the most impressive meals you can make.