Easy Wild Game Appetizer Ideas for your Holiday Meal
Kick off your holidays with these easy and quick wild game appetizer ideas
With cocktails in hand, small appetizers at the ready and the smells wafting in from the kitchen these occasions could be the best time of the year. American Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are soon here. And what could be better than a gloriously prolonged eating extravaganza?
Don’t you agree that one of the most important stages of that entire process of the holidays is pre-dinner snacking.
Worry not about missing out on cocktails and conversation because you’re slaving over a hot stove – Northfork has put together fast and easy wild game appetizer recipes.
These beautiful presentations are easy to make so you can concentrate on the important stuff – family, friends and food!
Try some of our fun little wild game appetizers below:
Bite Size Meatballs
Using Ground Bison Or Elk meat, make these tiny meatballs and freeze them in portions. When the holiday of your choice rolls around defrost them
- place them on a plate
- sprinkle with chopped chives or green onions as decoration.
- Skewer them with fancy toothpicks serve with dipping sauces.
- Easy to pick up and eat with a cocktail in the other hand.
Meat Ball Dipping Sauces
- Dip your meatballs in
- chipotle mayonnaise
- or a variety of other dipping sauces
Bite size Bison or elk Chilli pies
Make chilli sauce and freeze in portions for later use
- Use ready baked mini pastry shells. (easily available at your supermarket).
- Fill with one tablespoon or two of chilli cooked bison or elk chilli.
- Bake at 350°F until hot (about 10 minutes)
- Gently remove each chilli pies and place on a plate
- place some green chilli pepper around the plate for decoration
These Slow Cooker Wild Game Sliders Are Sure to be a Hit at Your Party
The wild game appetizer recipe below is for elk meat but it can be inter changed to Wild Boar or Bison.
Time saving cooking using a slow cooker (crockpot)
Cook any chuck roast be it elk or bison or wild boar and make sliders.
Slow Cooker Elk Sliders
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
- 3-pound chuck roast (elk, or bison)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 cup Italian dressing
- 1 cup beer (use your favourite!)
- 2 bay leaves
- Slider buns
- Sliced Colby jack cheese
Place the chuck roast into a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Sprinkle the roast with the salt and pepper. Place the garlic cloves on top of the roast. Add the red onion, then pour in the Italian dressing and beer. Place the bay leaves on top.
- Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8 to 10. Don’t open the lid during the cooking time.
- Discard bay leaves and shred the meat with two forks, smash the garlic with the back of a fork and stir the garlic into the shredded meat. Discard any fat, and drain off the grease. Serve the shredded meat on Hawaiian slider buns with the Colby jack cheese. Melt the cheese under the broiler in the oven if desired. Enjoy!
Nachos as appetizers are always a hit with any party.
They are fast and easy to prepare. Then let your guests dig in!
- Get out your favourite tortillas
- place on a buttered cookie sheet
- layer with salsa and Jalapeno peppers
- add bison meat sauce over the top
- cut in some avocado slices
- sprinkle with cheddar cheese
- and serve
Most any recipe can turn into an appetizer. For example bison meatloaf is an easy dish that can be frozen cooked for later use.
Mini Meatloaf or Meat cupcakes are tasty, easy to pick up and totally freezable. Below is another easy recipe for meatloaf. Use either bison or elk.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup sweet onion, peeled and diced
- 1 pound ground bison or elk
- 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (you can substitute with plain bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning)
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- ½ cup grated Parmesan
- ½ cup nonfat milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Dash of ground sage (optional)
To make the mini meat loaves:
In a medium nonstick skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat, add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, or until soft. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, mix all the remaining mini meatloaf ingredients, including the sautéed onions. Combine well using your hands. Line a 9-by-11-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper, or grease with oil or nonstick cooking spray. Place cookie cutter on paper or pan and fill with meat loaf mixture. Remove cookie cutter and repeat. Bake meat loaves for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and they reach an internal temperature of 160°F .
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