Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial


That is the same wreath in the photo(s) above. I just placed it in different areas, some dark, some light, to show how the light and dark effects the look of the wreath. In person, it is simply stunning (truly).

Here are some other DIY Tulle wreaths you may want to make:

Easy Thanksgiving Wreath DIY

Easy Christmas Tulle Wreath

The Grinch Inspired Wreath DIY Tutorial

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Notes:

• Tulle is significantly more difficult to work with than a cotton material. Keep that in mind when making this wreath.

• You want your wreath nice and full. If you skimp, you cannot hide it. So, make sure your tulle is nice and full!

• Sequin glitter tulle sheds. A lot. With that in mind, I strongly suggest you cover your work surface with a towel (or it will look like a glitter-bomb went off in your house).

• We used pipe cleaners for some texture. You could substitute feathers!

• For this wreath, we used purple and gold with a green bead and pipe cleaner accent and black mask. You do not have to use the colors as shown. Mardi Gras colors are green, purple, black, and gold, so mix and match according to your preference. Break it down like this:

2 colors tulle
1 color pipe cleaner + beads
1 color mask

• If you want the same look we did, follow the color scheme used. If you want a different look, go for it! Your best bet is to start with your mask choice, and then match the colors to that (tulle rolls are easy to find). Just remember this is a sparkling tulle wreath, so make sure one of your tulle colors glitters with sequins.

• There are several ways to do the tulle color grouping on this wreath – two alike knot colors, three alike knot colors, etc. and repeat. Ultimately, after playing around and experimenting, this wreath was created with alternating tulle knots meaning one gold, one purple, one gold, one purple (etc until finished).

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial Materials:

14″ Wire Wreath Frame
• Mask
• 1 chopstick or pencil
• 8 Green Pipecleaners
• Scissors
• Mardi Gras Beads
• 25 yards Purple Tulle (1 roll, 6″)
• 25 yards Gold Sparkle Tulle (with sequins, this may not be available in a 25 yard roll at your local fabric store, so buy as many rolls as you need to make 25 yards, 6″)
Glue Gun and Hot Glue (optional)

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial Directions:

• Cut tulle into 5″ strips. You will get 180 strips per 25-yard roll.
• Using the 6″ side of the tulle, tie a square knot (left over right and under, right over left and under) around one of the frame times.

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


• Every other tie is a different color. You are alternating colors for this one. Leave the second outer row of the wreath frame empty for beads, pipe cleaners, and mask attachment.
• Push together after each knot.
• Use all 720 strips. Your wreath will be nice and full, but not squished.
• Wrap your pipe cleaners around a chopstick or a pencil to form spirals.
• Twist around the frame, and allow the curly ends to poke out through the tulle.

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


• Clip the ends of the beads (where the necklace meets) using scissors (to form a long strand and not a necklace). You can twist the clipped ends around the frame allowing the beads to swag down a bit. They will secure like a twist-tie would. You can use a dab of hot glue to secure in place if you like.
• Tie the mask to the frame. The mask should have ribbons on it making it simple to secure. You can dab with a bit of hot glue to hold in place.

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


• Hang where desired.

Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial. Follow the step by step instructions of this Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath Tutorial to make this beautiful, sparkly, Mardi Gras Wreath. This highly customizable, simple to make, Glitter Mardi Gras Mask Wreath will look great on your front door, over your mantel, or on a wall. Truly unique Mardi Gras decor!


• Note: I did not attach a ribbon to hang this, I just hooked it over a door hanger. If you would like, you can add a ribbon to hang.


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10 Best Posts of 2017

10 Best Posts of 2017 on AnnsEntitledLife.com


Every year since I began writing Ann’s Entitled Life in 2013 I have rounded-up the 10 “best” posts of the prior year in early January. I’ve chosen my personal favorites in the past, as well as highly trafficked blog posts. This year, I will continue to highlight the highly trafficked blog posts.

2017 continued on with the Facebook pay-for-play model, and Pinterest spent 2017 messing around with their algorithm, so it was difficult for new posts to gain much traction via social media with a monetary commitment (not happening with recipes). I could tell you exactly where the traffic for all 10 of the posts listed below came from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google, etc. – except for the macaroni salad. When I saw the one at number three I was kinda flabbergasted.

I did this a little different this year. First up are the top 10 posts I posted in 2017. None of them cracked the top 10 for blog traffic. The White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe came the closest at #22 overall.

Below the top 10 posted posts in 2017 are links to my top 10 trafficked posts in 2017. They have moved around a bit from 2016 and 2015, although a few favorites have still made the list. New at #1 is this Nachos Deluxe recipe. So how did an old recipe from 2013 that never hit my top 100 list make it to #1 in 2017 you might ask? New photos. If you are a blogger, consider updating old content photos. I can go through my top 50 for 2017 and tell you that over 10 are old content with new photos. It helps.

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White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe. This no-egg, no-cooking, tiramisu recipe comes together quickly. It can be served immediately, or made the day before your special event or dinner. The melt-in-your mouth creamy, rich, coffee-cocoa goodness of this white Russian tiramisu will have your friends and family asking for seconds!


These are the top 10 posts that were posted in the calendar year 2017!

1. White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe Make it! Make it! Make it!! This no-egg, no-cooking, tiramisu recipe comes together quickly. It can be served immediately or made the day before your special event or dinner. The melt-in-your-mouth creamy, rich, coffee-cocoa goodness of this white Russian tiramisu will have your friends and family asking for seconds!

This ended up being my #1 post for 2017, even though I posted it toward the end of the year. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! If you like tiramisu, you’ll love this easy to make recipe.

How to Make a Knot Pillow DIY Tutorial. You will not believe how simple it is to make this trendy pillow knot design. This knot pillow DIY version costs a whole lot less than a store bought pillow knot, and only takes about an hour to make.


2. How to Make a Knot Pillow DIY Tutorial – simple to make, and very inexpensive, this knot pillow was a big hit!

Herbed Cheese and Veggie Macaroni Salad Recipe. A new twist on an old favorite, this herbed cheese and vegetable recipe is simply delicious. An easy recipe to make, this summer side dish is a perfect accompaniment for backyard barbecues, picnics, lunches and evening meals.


3. Herbed Cheese and Veggie Macaroni Salad recipe – I gotta admit, when I saw this easy macaroni salad was my #3 post for 2017, I went “Ummmmmm”.

How to Make Turkey Gravy. Turkey gravy goes hand and hand with roasted turkey. Instead of buying canned or jarred turkey gravy the next time you make a bird, why not make your own? It is easier than you think!


4. How to Make Turkey Gravy I am not surprised this ended up being so popular – it went CRAZY on Facebook around Thanksgiving!

75 Acid Loving Plants. If you have acidic soil, you need plants that flourish within an acid soil environment. Flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees all have specific soil needs; these 75 acid loving plants are great choices for your gardening and landscaping needs.


5. 75 Acid Loving Plants – this went a bit wild on Pinterest this summer. People must have acidic soil!

Imitation Crab Salad Recipe. This is simply the best imitation crab salad you will ever make! Serve it for lunch or as a dinner side. Easy to make, this imitation crab salad is truly fabulous.


6. Imitation Crab Salad recipe – mere words cannot describe how good this imitation crab salad is! This is one of Hubby’s better recipes. Yum!

Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe. Enjoy the sweet-tart taste of key lime when you make this easy key lime pie recipe. This smooth and creamy pie comes together in minutes. Your family and friends will love this delicious dessert.


7. Easy Key Lime Pie recipe – recipes do not get any easier than this! I am sure that is the appeal – well, that and it tastes good.

Easy Ravioli Lasagna Recipe. A fast prep, a quick bake, and dinner is ready in under an hour! A salad and fresh bread are all that is needed to turn this tasty easy Ravioli Lasagna recipe into a hearty supper your whole family will enjoy.


8. Easy Ravioli Lasagna Recipe – good, easy, comfort food. This is fabulous!

Love Bug Wineglass DIY. Make your own adorable Love Bug Wineglass. This easy step by step tutorial will show you how to easily make a wine glass love bug which is perfect for a centerpiece, mantel decor or table decorations this Valentine's Day, or for a wonderful spring or summer craft! If you are looking for an adorable craft project, this is it!


9. Love Bug Wineglass DIY – need a Valentine’s Day craft that is simple to make?!?

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY.  A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


10. 250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY – we do a lot in the area, and so does my family. These yearly Buffalo and Niaraga Falls round-ups are based on experience, so you know what you are getting into when you go! My goal for 2018 is 300 things, and my goal in 2019 is 365 things – something every single day!

Nachos Deluxe. This fast and easy Nachos Deluxe recipe can be eaten as lunch or dinner, or served as a snack! Great for game day snacking, movie time, or anytime. This delicious treat is ready in under 20 minutes, and is oh so good!


These were the top 10 most trafficked posts in 2017 on Ann’s Entitled Life:

1. Nachos Deluxe – easy-peasy snack, dinner, or appetizer for party food! Simply delicious.

2. Chicken Salad Recipe – This is the best recipe Hubby has ever made (and that is really saying something as he is an excellent cook!). This made the “best of” list in 2014, disappeared in 2015, and reappeared in 2016. We make this all. the. time. Try it! You’ll like it!

3. Orange Creamsicle Cocktail Recipe – This cocktail recipe was my #1 post in 2015. People have really enjoyed this cocktail – I’ve watched several youtube videos of people making it, and trying it live! With millions of views, this is one popular recipe.

4. Apple Pie Jello Shots Apparently, people like jello shots. This one took off this fall on Pinterest and never stopped.

Cucumber Caprese Salad Recipe. A beautiful and delicious take on a traditional Caprese Salad, this Cucumber Caprese Salad Recipe is a perfect side dish with steak, burgers, turkey legs, barbecue chicken and more! Easy to make, this Cucumber Caprese Salad recipe is loaded with sweet, fresh vegetables. Try it today!


5. Cucumber Caprese Salad – easy to make, Hubby and I eat this every week during the summer (most weeks twice). Another old recipe with updated photos!

6. Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors – my favorite “cleaning” tip – hack is probably a better term since it reduces cleaning those frameless doors to twice a year. A

7. Glow in the Dark Jello Shots – I am going to start a jello-shot recipe blog. They are pretty darned popular!

8. Christmas Cookie Jello Shots – This was my #1 post written in 2016. Great holiday party recipe!

9. Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe – Originally published in 2013, this delicious dessert recipe has been on my “best of” list every year since I have published it. It is really like no other banana split icebox cake you have ever tried!

10. Blueberry Pie Recipe – I LOVE this recipe!! And for the bloggers… new photos gave this old 2013 recipe new life.

I always find these “best of” roundups fascinating! (I am easily fascinated. )

To look back past past best ofs:

10 Best Posts of 2016
10 Best Posts of 2015
10 Best Posts of 2014
10 Best Posts of 2013


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Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks)

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


Traditionally Osso Buco is a veal shank recipe, but this updated venison osso buco recipe is a great way to use deer meat. This recipe takes a tough piece of meat (with a lot of connective tissue), and makes it into a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables. Like many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks)

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As many of you know from reading my newsletter, my husband is a hunter. We (that is the royal “we” because I almost never go there) own hunting land up by Lake Ontario. He has deer and all sorts of fowl (turkey, pheasant, etc.) running wild (literally) on that land. Every year he and some friends get together and hunt poor little Bambi as they like the meat. This year Hubby ended up getting several deer. For those who do not live in a suburb or rural northeast, deer are what I call “suburban rats”. They are everywhere and cause a lot of destruction to vegetation (NYS releases out-of-season nuisance permits to deplete the population after the regular season is over, that is how many deer are in NYS). They are also the cause of many a car accident. I always worried about Sonny-boy’s low-slung sports car meeting one during the rut (when the males chase the females and are running wild) and having one go through his windshield.

I’ve shared a few of Hubby’s venison recipes in the past including Venison Jerky (which we currently have a TON of!) and Venison Stew.

On one of the hunting forums he belongs to, he was telling a few members about his “awesome venison osso buco recipe”, and so he decided to make it again. For me, that means sharing so I got out my camera on a cold winter’s night (seriously, it has been cold here, and he made this in the evening), and gave him an outlet for his recipe. Any mistakes in this recipe are his. 😛

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


Notes

• You may need to trim (err, saw) the shank bones so that they fit in the pot. If so, make sure to rinse off any bone dust and pat dry. I prefer to keep the bones whole if possible.
• Given the acidity of the tomatoes in the sauce, you need to use a non-reactive cooking vessel made of enamel, stainless steel or oven-safe glass (if you could find one big and tall enough)
• You will be amazed at how far tomato sauce can splash when you are moving around the shanks in the Dutch oven. Turn them over carefully, and try not to drop them in the sauce.
• This freezes very well.
• The sauce thickens a LOT. You may want to consider keeping the sauce separate from the venison when serving and freezing.

Venison Osso Buco Ingredients

• 4 Venison Shanks, whole (mid-sections of the front and back legs)
• Salt to taste
• Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
• 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
• 3/8 cup Bacon Grease, divided
• 1 large Onion, chopped
• 2 medium Carrots, chopped
• 2 Celery Ribs, chopped
• 3 medium Cloves Garlic, minced (about 1 TBSP)
• 1 cup dry White Wine
• 2 cups Low-sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock (homemade or store-bought)
• 28-ounce Crushed Tomatoes (1 can)
• 1 tsp Thyme
• 1 tsp Oregano
• 2 Bay Leaf
• Juice of 1/2 Lemon
For the Gremolata: (or gremolada)
• 2 TBSP Flat-leaf Parsley Leaves, finely minced
• Zest of 1 Lemon, finely grated (about 1 tsp)
• 6 medium Cloves Garlic, finely minced (about 2 TBSP)

Venison Osso Buco Mise en Place:

Large oval enamel on steel or stainless steel Dutch oven
• Large baking pan
• Flour sifter or shaker
• Silicone basting brush
Blender
• Silicone spatulas
• Large Tongs
• Small ladle
• Large slotted spoon

• Large kitchen knife
• Cutting board

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


Venison Osso Buco Directions:

• Preheat broiler to 375°F.
• Season shanks with salt and pepper, turn and salt and pepper all sides.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Shake flour over shanks (all sides), patting the flour into the skin.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Slather melted bacon grease (about 3-4 tablespoons) all over the shanks with the silicone basting brush.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Place venison shanks in a large baking pan and broil about 5 minutes per side, 20 minutes total, until the shanks are nicely browned.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Remove shanks from pan, and deglaze the pan with the white wine and reserve the liquid. (Pour the wine over the tasty bits stuck in the bottom of the pan, and try and scrap them off while stirring/whisking the wine in that pan.)
• Turn on the oven to 325°F.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• While shanks are browning under the broiler, heat approximately 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in a Dutch oven on the stove top. (Or, if the baking vessel is not stovetop safe, a large sauté pan.)
• Under medium-high heat, sauté chop onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, stirring frequently until vegetables are softened and just starting to turn a light golden color, about 6 minutes. About halfway through cooking, sprinkle with the oregano and thyme.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Place the stock, deglazing wine and sautéed vegetables in a blender. Blend until smooth. If room, add the crushed tomatoes and blend some more. (If no room, combine the blender contents and tomatoes in the Dutch oven in the next step.)

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Place the browned shanks in the Dutch oven. Try to arrange the shanks in as even a layer as possible (a little overlap is okay to make them fit).

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Then, carefully cover the shanks with the sauce from the blender and the crushed tomatoes. Use a small ladle to completely cover the shanks with sauce. The sauce should cover the shanks at least half way up; if it doesn’t, add more stock until it does.
• Add bay leaf to pot.
• Cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
• After 30 minutes in the oven, turn down the oven temperature to 250°F and cook for approximately 3-4 hours.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• Every 45 minutes, turn, flip, and rearrange the shanks in the sauce, and ladle the sauce over the shanks so they stay moist. At first, the sauce might look a little chunky, but it will smooth out by the time the dish is done. After about 2-3 hours, you will see the meat start to separate from the bone. At this point, cut off the clumps of meat where they are attached to the bones at either end and remove the bones. (Again, be careful not to make a mess. I have had to clean sauce off of the ceiling and walls after flipping.) Try to submerge the meat in the sauce as much as possible. As long as the meat is mostly covered in sauce, do not worry about overcooking it. If the sauce becomes too thick/low, add more stock as needed.
• When the meat is fork tender, you can call it done.

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• When the meat is getting close to done, in a small bowl stir together the parsley, lemon zest, and garlic to make the gremolata. Set aside.
• When the meat is done, carefully remove it from the sauce with tongs and a large spoon and place on a large platter or serving vessel and loosely cover with foil. The sauce in the Dutch oven should be smooth and thick (if not, give it a good stir with a large spoon); you can adjust the consistency by adding stock to thin the sauce, or, if necessary cooking it in the oven uncovered until more fully reduced. Once the sauce looks good, discard the bay leaf if you can find it.
• Add the gremolata to the sauce and stir thoroughly. (Traditionally, the gremolata is also spooned directly onto to the meat, but given the different form factor of the venison shanks, that does not happen here.) Taste the sauce. It should have some “zing” from the lemon zest. At this time, you may choose to add the lemon juice for additional zing, as well as additional salt and pepper

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


• To serve, once the shank meat has cooled off a bit, break up the lumps of meat by pressing on them with the flat of a large kitchen knife, breaking them off into large chunks. You may also cut the lumps of meat into large slices on a cutting board. Place meat pieces/slices on a dinner plate over risotto, cooked rice, or mashed potatoes, and then generously spoon the sauce over the meat. Garnish with sprinkled parsley.


Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks)

This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.

Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 6 Hours
Total Time: 6 Hours 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

4 Venison Shanks, whole (mid-sections of the front and back legs)
Salt to taste
Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
½ cup All-purpose Flour
3/8 cup Bacon Grease, divided
1 large Onion, chopped
2 medium Carrots, chopped
2 Celery Ribs, chopped
3 medium Cloves Garlic, minced (about 1 TBSP)
1 cup dry White Wine
2 cups Low-sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock (homemade or store-bought)
28-ounce Crushed Tomatoes (1 can)
1 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Oregano
2 Bay Leaf
Juice from ½ Lemon
For the Gremolata:
2 TBSP Flat-leaf Parsley Leaves, finely minced
Zest of 1 Lemon, finely grated (about 1 tsp)
6 medium Cloves Garlic, finely minced (about 2 TBSP)

Directions:

• Preheat broiler to 375°F.
• Season shanks with salt and pepper, turn and salt and pepper all sides.
• Shake flour over shanks (all sides), patting the flour into the skin.
• Slather melted bacon grease (about 3-4 tablespoons) all over the shanks with the silicone basting brush.
• Place venison shanks in a large baking pan and broil about 5 minutes per side, 20 minutes total, until the shanks are nicely browned.
• Remove shanks from pan, and deglaze the pan with the white wine and reserve the liquid. (Pour the wine over the tasty bits stuck in the bottom of the pan, and try and scrap them off while stirring/whisking the wine in that pan.)
• Turn on the oven to 325°F.
• While shanks are browning under the broiler, heat approximately 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in a Dutch oven on the stove top. (Or, if the baking vessel is not stovetop safe, a large sauté pan.)
• Under medium-high heat, sauté chop onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, stirring frequently until vegetables are softened and just starting to turn a light golden color, about 6 minutes. About halfway through cooking, sprinkle with the oregano and thyme.
• Place the stock, deglazing wine and sautéed vegetables in a blender. Blend until smooth. If room, add the crushed tomatoes and blend some more. (If no room, combine the blender contents and tomatoes in the Dutch oven in the next step.)
• Place the browned shanks in the Dutch oven. Try to arrange the shanks in as even a layer as possible (a little overlap is okay to make them fit).
• Then, carefully cover the shanks with the sauce from the blender and the crushed tomatoes. Use a small ladle to completely cover the shanks with sauce. The sauce should cover the shanks at least half way up; if it doesn’t, add more stock until it does.
• Add bay leaf to pot.
• Cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
• After 30 minutes in the oven, turn down the oven temperature to 250°F and cook for approximately 3-4 hours.
• Every 45 minutes, turn, flip, and rearrange the shanks in the sauce, and ladle the sauce over the shanks so they stay moist. At first, the sauce might look a little chunky, but it will smooth out by the time the dish is done. After about 2-3 hours, you will see the meat start to separate from the bone. At this point, cut off the clumps of meat where they are attached to the bones at either end and remove the bones. .(Again, be careful not to make a mess. I have had to clean sauce off of the ceiling and walls after flipping.) Try to submerge the meat in the sauce as much as possible. As long as the meat is mostly covered in sauce, do not worry about overcooking it. If the sauce becomes too thick/low, add more stock as needed.
• When the meat is fork tender, you can call it done.
• When the meat is getting close to done, in a small bowl stir together the parsley, lemon zest, and garlic to make the gremolata. Set aside.
• When the meat is done, carefully remove it from the sauce with tongs and a large spoon and place on a large platter or serving vessel and loosely cover with foil. The sauce in the Dutch oven should be smooth and thick (if not, give it a good stir with a large spoon); you can adjust the consistency by adding stock to thin the sauce, or, if necessary cooking it in the oven uncovered until more fully reduced. Once the sauce looks good, discard the bay leaf if you can find it.
• Add the gremolata) to the sauce and stir thoroughly. (Traditionally, the gremolata is also spooned directly onto to the meat, but given the different form factor of the venison shanks, that does not happen here.) Taste the sauce. It should have some “zing” from the lemon zest. At this time, you may choose to add the lemon juice for additional zing, as well as additional salt and pepper
• To serve, once the shank meat has cooled off a bit, break up the lumps of meat by pressing on them with the flat of a large kitchen knife, breaking them off into large chunks. You may also cut the lumps of meat into large slices on a cutting board. Place meat pieces/slices on a dinner plate over risotto, cooked rice, or mashed potatoes, and then generously spoon the sauce over the meat. Garnish with sprinkled parsley.

Makes 4 servings Venison Osso Buco

Venison Osso Buco Recipe (Braised Venison Shanks). This venison osso buco recipe uses venison shanks to make a tender, delicious meal! Serve over risotto, rice, or mashed potatoes and with braised vegetables for a perfect meal. As with so many tomato dishes, this osso buco tastes great the next day too! You can also freeze for later use. This is a wonderful make-ahead venison dish.


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