game recipe - Venison Barley Risotto

Venison Barley Risotto Recipe

Venison Barley Risotto

With hunting season upon us and many sportsmen are enjoying hunting season, I thought this venison recipe would be a timely treat.


Yield: 2 large portions

  • 4-6 cups of stock (beef or vegetable if you do not have venison stock)
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onions
  • ½ cup chopped baby carrots
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Cloves pressed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups pearl barley
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups diced venison steak
  • 1 cup wild mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ cup thawed green peas or fresh
  • 2 Venison steaks
  • 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup grated asiago cheese
  • Pepper and salt to taste.


  1. Place stock on the stove top and bring to a simmer, keep warm.
  2. Saute the next 4 ingredients in a dutch oven or a heavy based pan until just tender, add garlic and smoked paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Add barley and wine and stir gently.
  3. Add the cubed venison and wild mushrooms.
  4. Begin adding small amounts of the hot stock stirring frequently, keep adding until the barley is cooked but is still a little chewy.
  5. Once this stage is reached, after about 40 minutes add Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and the peas. The mixture should be moist but not wet.
  6. Place a tight lid on top and put aside to keep warm. The barley will continue to swell while resting.
  7. Sprinkle the two venison steaks liberally with smoked paprika. Sear in a little oil on a medium pan turning once until just cooked but still pink inside.
  8. Wrap in foil and set aside. D-glaze the pan with a little stock and add to the risotto mixture and then gently stir in the cheese. Add pepper and salt to taste.
  9. Slice the venison steaks diagonally and poor any drippings into the risotto.
  10. Serve the risotto with sliced venison steaks on top. The barley compliments the rich venison and comes together well with the smoked paprika.

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