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Venison Bacon + Pineapple Bites

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This is a little something for all you hunters and ladies with hunter spouses… Its something quite majestic and something that is very easily executed. That alone is a game winner… Not only that, but I love how this can be an appetizer for the big game or easily a dinner served along side steamed rice with crispy fried scallions on top! Either way, it is not only impressive, but this method also takes away any gaminess that the venison may have! Most people who dont eat it say its because of the gamey taste the meat has… This is no longer an excuse. I dont know if its because the recipe compliments it, or just hide it so well but let me tell you, it is something magical…

Take it from me, I could never bring myself to eat venison… I dont know what happened but something either my father or one of my uncles must have said when I was a little girl at my Pepere’s house warned me off from it. And honestly it was probably something along the lines of “Surprise, your eating Bambie!” or maybe when they tricked my sister and I into eating bear stew [I still dont know if that was a joke or was really what we were eating]… All I know is that I was a very impressionable kid and the rest was history.

And this is why I had to brace myself with this little gem…

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Le Pepe Nero helps me with my case of the feels…

I will say though, once I finished making these sweet sweet little gifts from the angels above, it was as if the heavens opened up and the choir started singing me the songs of which angles weep in pure joy to. It was an epiphany of sorts really. On one hand, these little guys were the most juicy, clean, lean, fresh, and delicious form of steak that I have ever consumed! I mean, it seriously MELTED! IT FREAKING MELTED IN MY MOUTH! I couldn’t believe that I once thought Filet Mignon to be the creme de la creme of all things steak… No…. venison now hold that title for me.

But then on the other hand… I could believe that I had thought these sinful thoughts and betrayed my little deer friends from my woods here in the sticks! I mean, how dare I! They are so quiet, and majestic, and graceful… I love them with all of my being! Why must nature be so cruel! Needless to say, I am crazy for 1… and I love venison for 2… AND I am a traitor to my little majestic critters in the woods for 3!

Oh and I cried because of the pure mental anguish this has brought upon me. (Sadly I am not kidding)

[Sorry for the therapy session]

Thanks dad!

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Venison Marinade

6 Oz Pineapple Juice

1 1/2 Cup Extra Version Olive Oil

1/8 Tsp Cider Vinegar

1/8 Tsp Water

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tbsp Season Salt

1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

Venison Bites

4 Venison Steaks; cut into 1″ cubes and marinated in the above for 3-5 hours.

1 Lb Bacon; cut in half

1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice

1 Can Pineapple Chunks

1/4 Brown Sugar

4 Scallions (green onions); sliced thinly

1/2 Cup Canola Oil

Toothpicks

 

In the case that you get the feels…. keep a nice strong drink within reach… dont judge me…

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After you have had your venison cubes marinating in its happy juice… discard the marinade and lay them out on some paper towels to absorb the excess juices. Combine 1/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup brown sugar and set aside.

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Create an assembly line of bacon, pineapple, pineapple-brown sugar glaze, venison, toothpicks, and drink!

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Next using your tried + true rusty BBQ brush, coat one side of the bacon strips before wrapping to ensure their happiness. Once that is settled, place a piece of venison and pineapple in the center of the bacon strip and wrap it up securing with a toothpick.

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Lay your little soldiers out on a greased broiling pan. Scatter any remaining pineapple chunks about the pan because, waste not – want not!

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Broil them on the top rack at high for 4 minutes then flip. Broil another 4-5 minutes or until rare to medium-rare and the bacon is nice and crispy. Whichever is more to your liking. Just be careful not to over cook these little guys.. they were once majestic creatures of the forest and should not die in vain! [that should have been read with the voice of Braveheart]

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Next, heat up the canola oil in a skillet and toss in your sliced scallions. Cook for 1-2 minutes over high heat until nice and crispy. Remove from oil IMMEDIATELY to stop it from cooking and allow to drain the excess oil over some paper towels.

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[side note, if you have yet to have crispy scallions… you will now want them on just about anything]

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Plate your majestic Venison Bacon + Pineapple Bites and scatter the extra pineapples about the plate. Top with crispy scallions and enjoy!

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I want to thank Sweet Baby Jesus for allowing this deer a lovely and peaceful life filled with frolicking and majestic-ness and hopefully she went down easy… [clearly I am still struggling with this]

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CIAO!

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Chicken + Pineapple Skewers

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This hot little number is something that happened after deciding one day at work, I needed pineapple.

I mean, come on…. who doesn’t like pineapple???

Lord knows when ever I encounter it, its as if the angels above sing an all holy song (and maybe do a little dance to accompany it) and I just cant get enough of its amazing-ness!

Its easy enough and is very versatile… after all, you know what they say about pineapple… they are the freaking essence of summer!

With that said, get your minds out of the gutter and cook up some summer!

 

Preheat oven to 400F

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Ingredients 

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs; cut into 1″ pieces

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Chunks

2 Garlic Cloves; minced

Cooked Jasmine Rice

Salt + Pepper to taste

Green Onions; thinly sliced

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Measure our your ingredients and have a large bowl on stand by…. this pineapple concoction needs plenty of room to make its magic happen…

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Next you want to rinse and pat your chicken dry…

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Cut into 1″ pieces ad set aside.

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In the large bowl we have on stand by… add your pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic, and salt + pepper to taste…

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Whisk well and watch it get all happy and stuff!!!!

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Weeeee! (forgive me, I’ve had a bit of wine this evening)

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Toss your chicken into the happy mixture and again, toss to coat.

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Would you look at that! As this happens, all I can hear are the angels singing and urging us on along this great adventure…

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But really… look at that chicken though… Nothing but good things can come of this…

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Soak your skewers in water for at least a half hour so they dont burn to a crisp…

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Then set up an assembly line of sorts… repeat after me… chicken, pineapple, wine… chicken, pineapple, wine…

JUST KIDDING!

Its really chicken, pineapple, chicken pineapple, etc…

Although, if you want to add wine into the mix, go ahead and blame me… I’ll take the wrap!

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After you have exhausted all of your chicken, skewer any remaining pineapple…. waste not, want not and all….

Then pour the remaining marinade over the skewers.

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Now we have two options here… we can either grill these, or bake them…

If you decide to bake them like I did, bake at 400F for about 10 minutes then flip….

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Bake an additional 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

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Would you look at that…

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Pure pineapple magic… Somewhere out there the island gods are rejoicing….

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What I did was serve them over steaming Jasmine Rice…. once I bedded the skewers over the rice, I topped it with orange zest and sliced green onions.

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Mind you the rice is bland unless you dress it up a bit.. feel free to add a dash of soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, etc. Whatever you are feeling at the time!

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Enjoy!

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Oh, I almost forgot!!!!

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No big deal, but its also an obligation the eat this dish with chop sticks….

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Dont argue…. just do….

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I promise, it just adds to the pineapple experience!

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CIAO!

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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

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*Updated picture of finished goods

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I was so excited when I tried these at a family party a couple months back, that I started a man hunt when I got home for the recipe (I didn’t know who was responsible for these beauts at the party) and located them here…

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/appetizers-and-snacks/bacon-wrapped-pineapple-bites/

Which, by the way happens to me my new favorite go-to site for new and exciting recipes! Give them a click and do a bit of recipe hunting yourself… i dare you… you will be hooked! (And by all means, I am in no way affiliated with tastykitchen but am thinking about trying to make something happen there, we shall see)

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Ingredients

1/3 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 Lb Thick Cut Bacon; cut in half

1 Can Pineapple Chunks; large cut

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Dredge each slice of bacon in the brown sugar.

Wrap each pineapple chunk with a slice and secure with a tooth pick or fancy-smancy skewers.

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Line up on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is starting to crisp up.

Broil for the last couple of minutes if you would like but be careful not to burn them!

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Naturally, I got a bit caught up multitasking in the kitchen and didn’t not get a final product picture….

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But I am making these again this weekend along with my Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (see previous post) for a bridal shower, so you can bet I will have one soon enough!

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