Some good film of anglers putting the hammer down on some nice Norway Cod.

Venison meatballs sausage and mushrooms and a special note on wild mushrooms

000_08361.jpgDestroying Angel of the Amanita familyI like to combine ground pork and venison for moisture. In a large bowl I mix the meat then add herbs and spices, Here I’ve used fresh rosemary, sage, sea salt, fresh pepper, finely chopped onion, garlic and sweet red bell pepper. I tossed in a handful of fresh grated bread crumbs, a couple shakes of dried, grated in some fresh Parmesan cheese, and added a couple eggs. I mix it by hand and shape into 1-2 inch balls.

I cook my meatballs and all other meat in the sauce on low temperatures in the oven. Before adding the meat to the sauce I first brown it off in a large skillet with olive oil.

In this sauce I’ve added sweet Italian sausage, and country style pork ribs. I would have liked to have used venison or wild boar sausage, and boar ribs, however I did not have them on hand. After browning and adding the meat to the sauce I added course chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic, fresh oregano and basil, 1 sliced carrot, and fresh grated cheese. I then baked for several hours @250 degrees, then for 2 more hours @350.

After removing from the oven let the sauce stand and cool so as any grease from the pork will come to the surface where it can be spooned off. I served over fresh linguine with Italian bread and mushrooms sautéed in butter and sherry wine.

Note: here I have used store bought white mushrooms. To add a better flavor try the various dried or fresh wild variety offered at your store or from a source online. You will find the flavor far superior to common white ones.

A word of caution, do NOT try picking your own mushrooms in the wild unless you are trained in mycology or go with a trained mycologist. There are a good number of fungi through out North America and else where that will certainly kill you if eaten. I will include a picture of one of them that I took here in New Hampshire. I believe it is a mushroom called the “Destroying Angel.” It is the most deadly fungi here in the US, and the second most in the world and is abundant every where in the North East. It comes from a deadly family of mushroom know as the Amanita. Most all in this family are poisonous and should be avoided at all costs. Do not even touch them.

There are a number of publications out on mushrooms and if you spend any time outdoors you should study this science of Mycology not only for safety, but for the knowledge and fun of identifying various fungi when afield. There are literally thousands of different variates and it makes for an interesting outing.

Here are some web sites on this subject.

http://www.namyco.org

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Have a great day,

Captain Don