Venison-stuffed peppers

I look forward to fall for so many reasons. The leaves change color, football is in full swing, and I get to go climb trees in search of venison. Bow season here starts in mid-September. I’ve owned a bow for years but seemed to always find a reason to keep it in the storage room and just wait for rifle season to open. That is, until two years ago. I’m now officially a bow-hunting fool. I’ve yet to get one with my trusty Proline, but that won’t dampen my spirits. Plus I get to scout out the terrain for rifle season a bit early. Maybe this will be my year for bagging Bambi with a bow. Wish me luck, or compliment my alliteration, your choice.

6 bell peppers, assorted colors
4 strips thick bacon, chopped
½ pound (450 g) ground pork
½ pound (450 g) ground venison
¼ cup (40 g) celery, diced
1 cup (150 g) onion, diced
¼ cup (40 g) garlic, minced
½ cup (75 g) green onion, chopped
¼ cup (6 g) parsley, chopped
2 large eggs, beaten

  1. Cut tops out of bell peppers and remove inside seeds. Dice tops and save for later. Soak peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Cook bacon in large skillet until crispy to render fat. Once brown, remove from skillet and set aside for later.
  3. Add ground deer and pork to skillet. Using a wooden spoon, chop meats well to incorporate.
  4. Once meat is thoroughly browned (10–12 minutes), add celery, onion, garlic, and reserved peppers from tops. Sauté for another 10–15 minutes until onions are cooked.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  6. Mix green onion and parsley well with the meat filling. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly in bowl.
  7. Once cooled, fold in the beaten eggs and season to taste with black pepper. Stuff peppers generously with mixture.
  8. Place in oven and cook until brown on top (about 30 minutes).

Tips & Tricks—Make sure your peppers can stand up on their own. If not, slice a very thin layer off the bottoms to create a flat surface. You can also put them in a Bundt pan to hold them up—great use for that cake pan that probably is not seeing much action.