Gotta love nights on the farm…
It’s cold outside and all you want is some comfort food in a bowl, right? This venison cheeseburger soup recipe swaps out ground beef for wild game in the form of ground venison for a warm, filling, creamy soup that is ready in under 40 minutes total time. In fact, while it’s easy to make soup in a slow cooker, this soup comes together so fast, there’s no reason not to make it on the stovetop. Trust us, it’s going to be a new family favorite soup.
To get this venison cheeseburger soup started, chop one onion, a carrot, a rib of celery and toss the veggies into a large saucepan where you’ve melted some butter. Add the ground venison and cook until the venison is no longer pink. While the veggies and meat are cooking, chop two russet potatoes.
When the venison is cooked, add a 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium-high heat for a minute. The all-purpose flour helps to thicken the soup, but you want to cook it so that it doesn’t taste like raw flour (partly because raw flour is not yummy, and partly because raw flour can have bacteria). Once the flour is cooked, add 3 cups chicken broth and the diced potatoes to the saucepan. Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes cook time, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
While the potatoes are cooking, cut up two hamburger buns because the best cheeseburger soup needs a bun. Toast the cubed buns. When the potatoes are done, gradually stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar cheese is fantastic, but any cheese you like is good, too) and 1 1/2 cups milk, making sure the mixture does not boil while the cheese melts. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer the venison cheeseburger soup to bowls and top the delicious soup with the hamburger bun croutons and parsley.
VENISON CHEESEBURGER SOUP
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes servings MetricUS Imperial
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 lb ground venison
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 hamburger buns, cubed and toasted
- parsley to garnish
- Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot melt butter and cook the venison, onions, carrots, and celery until venison is no longer pink. Add in flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth. Add in potatoes. Bring to a boil then simmer until potatoes are done, about 10 minutes.
Gradually stir in cheese and milk, making sure the mixture does not boil. Transfer to bowls and top with the hamburger bun croutons and parsley.
Use sharp cheddar in this recipe for the best flavor. If the soup is too thick, add more milk if needed.
Another long day for me, and I am feeling super slow today.. Gotta start with bottle feeding a few babies, then issuing any shots before I feed up the livestock.
Maybe I’ll have time for laundry before I have to start tonights supper… Lawd help me…
Tennessee Farm’s Fall Festival Includes Charlie Daniels-Themed Corn Maze
Members of the Charlie Daniels Band and its support team recently visited the farm and maneuvered a maze shaped like the music legend. Their post about visiting Lyon Family Farms began with a reference to another Field of Dreams.
Daniels died on July 7 following a hemorrhagic stroke. He went from the bass player for Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to the singer-songwriter whose credits include crossover hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
His Twitter and Instagram accounts and Facebook page remain active thanks to TeamCDB, with Charlie Daniels Jr. taking over his dad’s soapbox column. Posts still reflect the elder Daniels’ values, namely his unwavering support of the United States military. Junior’s best columns so far include a reflection on his father’s many friends in the Southern rock community.
Per its website, Lyon Family Farms is “the farm attraction of the Tennessee Valley.” Its annual Fall Festival began last month (Sept. 18, to be exact). It runs through Oct. 31 and features the area’s largest pumpkin patch. Other attractions include a petting zoo, pig races, duck races, tractor rides and a corn pit.
In addition, visitors can pick their own pumpkins, with all pumpkins costing $5 each no matter how big or small.
For more on Daniels, check out John and Robin Berry’s new podcast, Faith, Family & Friends. One of the earliest episodes features Daniels’ final interview.
And if you’re looking for a country music-themed corn maze closer to Nashville, check out Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield’s maze, which is in the shape of the ACM’s reigning co-entertainer of the year, Thomas Rhett.