Hi everyone! Kyle and I actually stole this marinade from my sister and then adapted it to include wild game. We also use the meat prep for a few other staple recipes in our kitchen, because butter makes everything better.
Kyle and I make this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day every year and it’s Hunter’s new favorite thing that I make, so now I make two pies whenever he comes over. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and swap out anything you see fit. The best thing about this pie recipe is you can pretty much put in any veggies you want.
½ cup butter
Ranch mix packet
Au Jus mix packet
½ lb Green Beans
½ lb Corn
6 Potatoes for mashed potatoes
Cheddar Cheese (optional)
After cleaning your venison hindquarter, roast it in your crock pot with butter and mix packets on high for 6 hours, then lower setting for the remaining 2 hours.
Cube and boil potatoes to make mashed potatoes. I boil for 45 minutes and then mix them in my stand mixer with a little bit of milk and butter. Sometimes instead of milk, I use cream cheese (also a hack from my sister). Like I said on our Instagram (follow us if you don’t already), Kyle and I leave the skin on. Don’t @ me. We like it.
For the last hour in your crock pot, pull your venison so that it’s shredded. You can do this with forks like pulled pork or just slice it thin. It’s so tender at this point that it’ll come apart easily. Add your veggie choices to this pulled meat so that they can cook in the juices. We like green beans and corn, but I’ve also used lima beans, carrots, and even peas.
I make my crust from scratch, but you can buy one if you prefer. If you want my crust recipe, send us a message and I’ll share.
Add your meat & veggie filling to the pie crust and top with your mashed potatoes. If you want, put some sharp cheddar cheese on the very top of the potatoes.
I also salt and pepper all the way, but that’s really up to you.
Bake the pie at 375 for 35 minutes.
Lastly, save your gravy from the crockpot to top your pie once it’s done.
I realize that this is a bit of spin on the traditional Shepherd’s Pie (or Cottage Pie), but we like it and the venison is just perfect. Kyle and I traveled to Ireland for our honeymoon so we’re big fans of all Irish food anyway. We recommend Guinness or Smithwick’s if you want a good Irish beer.
*Bonus picture of us at Guinness for our honeymoon. We literally went to Dublin specifically to go there.