The perfect venison appetizer for pizza lovers!
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If there are two things my husband loves, it’s venison and pizza, so I figured why not combine the two? OK, so it’s not “pizza” (where is the 🍞 and 🧀??) but I’ll say, dressing up your tenderloin with some pizza sauce is a winning combo for sure!
These little roll ups are are great to eat on their own for dinner, but they also make a great appetizer if you’re looking to get fancy with your spread 💁🏻♀️
One thing to note — it is a must that the zucchini slices are cooked before you create your roll ups, otherwise they’ll break. If you don’t want to pan fry them, you can also do a very quick blanch: drop them in a pot of boiling water for about 10 seconds, remove, and throw them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Have you made these? Let me know what you think or any questions you have in the comments below!
RECIPE (Serves 2)
- 1 lb venison tenderloin (depending on the size, you may need 2 tenderloins!)
- 1 tbsp all-purpose meat seasoning (I like @specialshitseasonings)
- 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2-3 tbsp. pizza sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
To cook the venison, coat your tenderloins in salt and pepper, all-purpose meat seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Let marinate for at least 20 mins, and no longer than an hour. Heat your grill. Put your tenderloins on the grill, and cook quickly – no longer than 3 mins per side depending on the size (the ones I used were quite small, so I only did 90 seconds per side). Once done cooking, remove from the grill. After a few minutes of rest, slice the tenderloin into strips no bigger than 1 inch thick.
To make the roll-ups, first slice your zucchini lengthwise into very thin slices (use a mandolin if you have one – it is WAY easier that way!). Heat a pan over medium-high heat, and add your olive oil. Once heated, add your zucchini slices and saute for about 10 seconds on each side (you’ll need to do this in batches), until slightly soft. Once the zucchini slices are done, take one slice and, add a small dollop of pizza sauce, and spread evenly across the slice. Place one strip of tenderloin at the end, and roll-up. Repeat with the rest of your slices and tenderloin!