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Cooks are always looking for something different to do with their venison. Grilled steaks, deer burger chili, jerky and summer sausage tend to get a little boring after a number of years. So when Host Tim Farmer presented his French-inspired, spicy-sweet venison stew on a winter showing of “Kentucky Afield” television, the response was overwhelming. More than 200 viewers e-mailed the show requesting the recipe.

Unfortunately, Farmer is an intuitive cook who measures his ingredients in dashes and handfuls, which made duplicating his recipe difficult for viewers. Farmer recently sat down with Kentucky Afield magazine and carefully measured the ingredients so that everyone can enjoy the same stew that brings so many smiles to guests on the show.

Farmer’s recipe is a carefully crafted mélange of spices. They provide a background flavor without overwhelming the dish with any one ingredient. He prefers to cut larger 2-inch cubes of venison and slow cooks the meat for hours for maximum tenderness.

There’s a secret ingredient absent from most stews: red currant jelly. Farmer learned the secret from a French chef who happened to be visiting his daughter, who was Farmer’s neighbor at the time. “He was a chef on a French polar expedition in the 1950s,” Farmer said. “He told his wife that he’d be gone three months, and he was gone three years.”

Farmer experimented with his stew recipe for more than decade before he settled upon the final version. If you’re cleaning out your freezer this spring, try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed.


Tim Farmer's Venison Stew

  • 2-3 large red-skinned potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 yellow sweet onion, cut into chunks
  • 6 cups water
  • 14-ounce can of beef broth
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 heaping tablespoons red currant jelly
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1½ pounds cubed venison
  • Dash of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour

Pour all liquid ingredients into a slow cooker. Add bouillon cubes, salt, Creole seasoning and black pepper, stirring until dissolved. Next, add vegetables and venison. Set the slow cooker on low and cook 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, until tender. A few minutes before serving, mix seasoned flour with ¼ cup water until dissolved. Pour into stew and cook until desired thickness results. Feeds four average people, or two hungry deer hunters.