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Venison Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers Recipe – HuntChef Edition

Jeremy Critchfield

Do you have a freezer full of 100% organic lean venison?  If so, congratulations on your success in the whitetail woods.  Let’s put your freezer full of wild game to good use with this unique Hot Italian Venison Sausage Recipe from HuntChef to good use.  You can utilize this unique seasoning to create several different recipes and you’ll find more suggestions at the bottom of the page.

First, you’ll learn how to turn venison into venison sausage!  You can make your own sausage with or without mixing in pork or beef with venison.  HuntChef offers a Hot Italian Sausage mix that will take your venison cooking skills to the next level, regardless of the meat mixture that you prefer.   These kits aren’t just for wild game, such as venison.  They also work well with domestic meats, such as chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, or anything else really.  Check out these How To’s and Tips Below to get started!!

Venison Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers Recipe

Learn how to turn venison into sausage, then learn how to make Stuffed Banana Peppers with the help of HuntChef’s Hot Italian Sausage Recipe!  This recipe doesn’t take long and it’s perfect for appetizers or a healthy main course!

  • Total Time:
    • Prep Time for Sausage:  30 mins (less if you know what you’re doing)
    • Prep Time for Peppers, inlcuding stuffing:  5 mins
    • Cook Time for Peppers:  10 mins or less
    • Cook Time for Peppers w/ Cheese:  5 mins (approximate)

Tips for Making the Best Homemade Sausage

  • For the best results, experiment with different meats and ratios of mixtures.  Venison is a very lean meat unlike most domestic meats such as pork and beef.  You might want to add another meat to fatten up your sausage.
  • Cut the mean into small enough chunks so that it easily fits into the grinder.
  • Ensure the meat grinder is cold!  If you can, run cold water through it or ice maybe.
  • Keep the meat cold.  This will prevent it from sticking to the grinder as much as possible.
  • Apply enough spice or seasoning to the meat prior to grinding it.
  • Add enough water to the meat to allow the seasoning to permeate all of the meat before grinding begins.

You can apply these tips anytime you’re making sausage, including stuffed peppers, sausage patties, meatballs, or stuffing it into casings for later use.


  • 5#’s of Venison
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • HuntChef Hot Italian Sausage Mix
  • Olive Oil
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Turn Venison Into Venison Sausage:

Step 1:  Cut up 5 pounds of venison.  Cutting the meat into smaller chunks will help your grinder do its job and create better sausage in the process.  You will want to size the meat to your grinder!

Step 2:  Season the 5 pounds of cut-up venison with one pouch of HuntChef Hot Italian Sausage seasoning.  There are two pouches in each package and you’ll need only one of them for this recipe.

Step 3:  Chill the 5 pounds of cut-up venison and the grinder if possible.  This makes it easier for the meat to slide through the grinder.

Step 4:  Send the seasoned venison through the grinder for the first time.

Step 5:  In a large bowl, add 1/3 cup of water to the seasoned meat after grinding it for an initial time.  Hand mix the water into the sausage mixture.

Step 6:  Send the deer sausage through the grinder a second time.

Use the Meat Grinder to Stuff the Banana Peppers

Step 7: Install the “horn” onto your meat grinder.  If you do not have a meat grinder or it doesn’t have the horn attachment, there are aftermarket options that you substitute here but it’s much quicker if you can do it all in one place.

Step 8:  Cut a large hole in the top of the banana pepper and place it over the horn of the meat grinder.  You will need to cut a small hole in the end of the banana pepper to allow any air to exit ensuring a fully filled banana pepper each and every time.

Step 8:  Fill each banana pepper with sausage.

Time to Cook the Venison Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers:

Step 9:  In a hot cast iron skillet, pour in enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the skillet and then add the venison stuffed banana peppers

Step 10:  Place the skillet with contents into the oven at 350 degrees.

Step 11:  Remove the skillet from the oven once the banana peppers have begun to carmelize and tenderize.

Step 12:  Add marinara sauce liberally to the sausage links inside the skillet.

Step 13:  Apply mozzarella and provolone cheese blend on top of the banana peppers that are still inside the skillet.

Step 14:  Add full-sized basil leaves around the edges of the skillet for maximum flavor.

Step 15:  Cover everything in grated parmesan cheese.

Step 16: Place back into the oven at 350 degrees until done

Step 17:  Remove, let cool, and serve!

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Notes from HuntChef

Sausage is always a preference for folks. Whether they like what they enjoyed as a kid or have grown into or discovered…the one thing that I’ve found makes a huge difference to people is the texture of the grind. By that, I mean whether you grind the sausage on the smallest die or on the largest it makes a difference to people! For most of my fresh wild game sausage, I prefer to run it twice on my medium-sized die, this seems to mix the seasoning the best and keeps the texture from being grainy (too fine) or too coarse (too big).  It’s possible to substitute ground venison but you may not need to run it through the meat grinder as much.

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How to cook Hot Italian Venison Sausage directly from HuntChef!

Additional Uses for Hunt Chef Hot Italian Sausage

When making homemade sausage, I like to make extras and utilize the leftover sausage in a variety of ways.  Typically, a pouch of HuntChef Hot Italian Sausage will make five pounds of sausage to include in a variety of meals.  Instead of buying bulk sausage at the local grocery store, try making extra to freeze for later use.  It might be hard to utilize five pounds of venison sausage in one recipe or meal, so spread it out in different meals or recipes.

For instance, check out some of our other suggestions for HuntChef’s Hot Italian Sausage seasonings such as sausage burgers or venison sausage links.

Whether you are new to the sausage game or a professional backyard grilling machine, HuntChef sausage kits are the perfect compliment to increase your wild game cooking skills and help you create your own recipe.   #EATWHATYOUKILL

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