Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Venison Heart Recipe

This delicious preparation of deer heart complements the rich venison flavor with a creamy stuffing and a hint of smokiness.

Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Venison Heart Recipe

Venison heart is one of the most misunderstood meats in the woods. While the heart is labeled an organ, its texture is pure muscle, more steak than organ meat. Hearts often get a bum rap for being tough or chewy or stringy, but they’re not if you trim them correctly.

The most important part of cleaning a heart is to open it up and trim away the fibrous tissue inside. Simply trim down one side of the heart, then follow the seams to “unroll” or butterfly the entire thing into one flat steak.

From there, just trim away the fibers that run along the inside of the heart, as well as any of the hard, white fat from the outer surface.

What’s left is prime eats, one of the best parts of a deer. You can toss it on the grill as it is, slice it into strips for chicken fried steak, dice it up for tacos, or, as we do in this recipe, stuff it, roll it, tie it and grill it.

To complement the rich venison flavor, we chose a creamy spinach and mushroom stuffing with a hint of smokiness from bacon.


Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 medium venison hearts, butterflied and well trimmed
  • 8 ounces of your favorite mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Butcher’s twine

Directions:

  1. Brown the bacon until crisp. Reserve bacon, leaving the drippings in the pan. Add the mushrooms to the pan. Sauté 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms soften and begin to give up their liquid. Place spinach in the pan and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the spinach has cooked down and most of the moisture has evaporated. Add the cream and the reserved bacon to the mixture. Reduce heat and simmer until the mixture thickens a bit. Stir frequently.
  2. While the spinach and mushroom mixture thickens, check the heart again to make certain there are no remaining bits of connective or fibrous tissue. Season the heart on both sides with salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme.
  3. Spoon the mixture of mushrooms and spinach onto the center of the heart, being careful not to overfill it. Gently roll the heart back together into its original shape. Use the butcher’s twine to tie the heart to help it hold its shape as it cooks.
  4. Place the heart on a preheated grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until medium to medium-rare.
  5. To serve, slice the heart into half-inch-thick rounds.
[adpos_rightB]

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 9: Aloha Axis Deer

Host Mike Schoby joins his buddies Jon Dubin and Jeff Johnston on the island of Lanai for a deer hunt Hawaiian style!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 7: Beginner's Luck

Host Kali Parmley takes first-time hunter Danae Hale of CZ-USA to Wyoming for a mule deer hunt. After covering all the basics with Danae, the girls head into the field and what happens next goes way beyond either of their expectations!

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Have a freezer full of ground elk venison from your fall hunting trips? Never fear, the folks at Camp Chef have a great SHOT Show recipe that is lean and mean, easy to prepare, and a crowd-pleasing favorite!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 14: Swamp Bulls

With his Mozambique forest bull in the salt, Craig Boddington sets his sights on the Marromeu grasslands in pursuit of a swamp buffalo.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100 shotguns. Guns

Remington Timeline: 1963 - Remington Model 1100 Autoloading Shotguns

Hunting Online Staff

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100...

Dream of a job in the hunting industry? Here's the inside scoop on some of the most coveted positions in the outdoors. Stories

17 Dream Jobs in the Outdoor Industry

Kali Parmley

Dream of a job in the hunting industry? Here's the inside scoop on some of the most coveted...

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223 Ammo

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223

Joseph von Benedikt & David Faubion

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these guns. Survival

Which Firearm Is Best for Bear Defense?

Larry Case - July 11, 2018

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these...

See More Trending Articles

More Recipes

This recipe uses a French cooking process to turn tough meat into a tender dish. Recipes

Squirrel Confit with Duck Fat Gnocchi Recipe

Michael Pendley

This recipe uses a French cooking process to turn tough meat into a tender dish.

Bright, garlicky chimichurri pairs perfectly with cooked and seared venison tenderloin. This sous vide recipe couldn't be easier and results in an impressive dish with an explosion of flavors in every bite! Recipes

Sous Vide Venison Tenderloin With Chimichurri Recipe

Emilie Bailey

Bright, garlicky chimichurri pairs perfectly with cooked and seared venison tenderloin. This...

Some like it hot and if that's you, this elk venison recipe blends the savory flavors of Asia with a searing heat that won't soon be forgotten. Recipes

Spicy Asian Elk Venison Stir-Fry Recipe

David Draper

Some like it hot and if that's you, this elk venison recipe blends the savory flavors of Asia...

A comforting soup recipe featuring lean rabbit meat, vegetables, and thick dumplings in a homemade stock. Recipes

Rabbit and Dumplings Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

A comforting soup recipe featuring lean rabbit meat, vegetables, and thick dumplings in a...

See More Recipes

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.