Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners Review

By Andrea Haas



One of the most rewarding parts of harvesting an animal is feeding yourself and your family, so you want to make sure you enjoy eating your wild game and reap the full benefits of your harvest. Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners has dinner kits available for the game or fish that you harvested yourself or for the meat you buy from the grocery store, and it's simple and easy to make. All you have to do is provide the meat and a few ingredients, and Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners provides the rest!

I recently tried the dinner kit called "Seared Venison with Red Wine Chocolate Sauce and Wild Rice with Cranberries" and to say it was delicious is an understatement! This kit is available on the Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners website for only $13!

Below are my results:



What's Included: 

-There are pre-measured packets of seasonings, each labeled with a number
-Olive Oil
-Step-by-step instructions that break down what "number" of seasonings to add and when
-Parchment Paper Bag 
-Wild Rice w/Cranberries for the side dish
-A shopping list describing what you'll need to purchase (see below)
 


What You'll Need:

 
-12 oz. Venison, Filet Mignon or Rib Eye Steak. (I used Filet Mignon from a doe that I
harvested this rifle season.)
-2 oz. Pancetta or American bacon (I left this out since the Filet Mignon is wrapped in bacon) 
-1 stick or 4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
-14.5 oz of Low Sodium Chicken Broth
-1 bottle of fine Red Wine - Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir


How to Prepare: 

-Included in the dinner kit is step-by-step instructions on how to prepare both the side of Wild Rice with Cranberries and your venison.


Step 1 - Prep Meat

Step 2 - Prepare Wild Rice (Stove Top)



Step 3 - Sear Meat

 

Step 4 - Place Steak in Parchment To Cook

Step 5 -  Prepare Sauce



Step 6 - Add cup of broth to the (Additional Instructions included on kit)

Step 7 - Remove Steak From Oven and Serve

  

Additional Info

-Serves 2

-Each dish takes 30-40 minutes
-A unique side dish is included in all dinner kits
-The dinners are health conscious: high in fiber, low fat & low sodium.
-Preservative free
   

My Overall Impression

My husband and I both LOVED this dinner kit! I used chicken broth to cook the rice in instead of water, but I feel it would be great either way. The rice had a bit of a nutty flavor and the cranberries complimented the rice perfectly! This meal kit would be perfect for a wild game Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

If you're a picky eater, don't let the words "chocolate sauce" scare you. I don't feel it had a strong chocolate flavor, just a hint of the cocoa powder that was included, which complimented the red wine. Trust me, it has an amazing flavor that I'm sure even finicky eaters would love.

It didn't take me long to make this and it really was simple, thanks to the easy to follow instructions and the pre-measured ingredients. The cost of the other ingredients you'll have to purchase is minimal and they may actually be something you keep on hand in your pantry or fridge anyways. 

If you're looking for a new way to prepare your venison, I highly recommend you trying this dinner kit from Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners. Also, make sure you check out their other dinner kits, including "Cedar Plank Game Hen with Porcini Quinoa", "Cedar Plank Salmon with Moroccan Couscous and Sultanas and "Cedar Plank Pork with Farro Risotto" just to name a few! 

For more information please visit their website: http://huntergatherergamedinners.com

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