This bone marrow recipe by wild game chef Bri Van Scotter is drool-worthy.
Venison bone marrow is rarely at the top of the list when it comes to most popular wild game ingredients. But it doesn't have to be that way and we'll show you why with help from Chef Bri Van Scotter.
Chef Bri, who started "Wilderness to Table," has devoted her career to providing fresh takes on free range wild game meats and preparations.
She's on to something with this unique appetizer using whipped bone marrow to spread on sliced crostini. If you thought deer leg bones were only good for osso buco, then you need to pay attention to these instructions.
Chef Bri prefers to use as much of the edible portions of venison as possible, and this includes making venison stock out of the deer's long bones for soups and stews. She roasts the bones, then removes the roasted bone marrow to create an excellent appetizer that you've likely never had before.
She typically uses four shanks of venison bone, places them on a baking sheet, and roasts them at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Roasting, as opposed to baking, helps encourage caramelization, and Bri says that translates to far more flavor.
From there, this wild game recipe is rather simple. Let the bones rest for about 15 minutes to cool down, then scoop out the marrow with a small spoon.
Let the marrow sit in the refrigerator for about 4-5 hours, or until it reaches the consistency of soft butter. Then, whip the mixture with an electric mixer. A small amount of Kosher salt and pepper can help enhance the taste if needed.
The whipped bone marrow can then be spread on small slices of toasted bread. Bri tops it all with a dollop of chimichurri sauce, which complements the flavors across the board. Add a glass of red wine and you're in business.
Deer bone marrow, like that of a cow, is one of the hidden delights that many at-home butchers completely skip over. Whether it's out of ignorance or a lack of motivation, venison fans just don't attempt this kind of wild game recipe often enough.
However, when you try a dish like this whipped bone marrow appetizer for the first time, you'll agree it's the kind of comfort food we all love. Sure, venison steaks are great, but making excellent choices with how you use the rest of your harvest is what it's all about.