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How to Butterfly and Truss a Venison Loin

Picture of stuffed venison loin, recipe by Stacy Lyn Harris, to give examples of stuffed venison dishes using the butterflying and trussing technique

Some believe serving venison can be hard because of its gamey flavor, but if cooked right it is the best meat known to man.. Use this butterflying and trussing technique to make delicious stuffed venison tenderloins and surprise those picky eaters!

It’s been a few years since I published my Ten Tips to Know When Preparing Venison post. The article seemed to garner immediate fame when I published it, rocketing up to the first spot on my Top 10 Blogs list. It stayed there for many years, as more and more people started tasting venison for the first time and realized that they were wrong in assuming venison always tasted the same way. People used to think venison was this tough, gamey meat, unfit for a sophisticated dinner spread. Now, people have learned that the secret to an amazing venison dish is all in the preparation.

Back in that ten tips post, I claimed that anyone can love venison. I still believe it! Far too many people believe that venison has a one-dimensional gamey flavor and tough texture. When I first started authoring recipes, I wanted to bring venison out of the lowbrow wild game market. Cooking with venison shouldn’t be considered “niche,” it should be celebrated, enjoyed, and made accessible to all.

One of the most delightful ways to enjoy venison is stuffing it with some other flavor and making a delicious pairing. You’ll notice I recommend dishes to pair with my venison entrées a lot—it’s because venison’s flavor is so complimentary. It brings out the best in everything else on the plate. Naturally, stuffing venison is a great way to bring out the meat’s complimentary effect.

This butterflying and trussing technique can be used to take your venison dish to the next level! I promise you once you serve a stuffed venison dish at your next get-together, city-slickers and rural rebels alike will be clamoring for some of that “gamey” goodness!

PS: Have you ever tried my Stuffed Venison Loin recipe? It’s perfect around Thanksgiving, but the flavors are delicious any time of the year.

See me demonstrate this in a video! Also, be sure to check out my Ten Tips to Know When Preparing Venison post!

How to butterfly a venison loin

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the butterfly technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

With a long sharp knife on the right half of the loin, slice loin 2/3 of the way through.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the butterfly technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Turn over and repeat.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the butterfly technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Spread loin as flat as possible.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the butterfly technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Pound the loin to about 1/4 inch thick.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the butterfly technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Completely flatten the butterflied loin and spread stuffing over the loin leaving 1/2-inch border around the edges. Gently roll loin in to a log and begin to truss.

How to truss a venison loin

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the trussing technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Using butcher’s twine about 6 times longer than your loin, wrap around loin approximately 1 1/2 inches from the end and tie a knot.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the trussing technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Hold the short end of the twine above the knot with your left hand. Pull the long end of the twine away from you and slip it under the part of the twine that you are holding taut above the loin. Repeat wrapping process every 1 1/2 to 2 inches until entire loin is trussed.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the trussing technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

Turn the loin over and stretch the twine around the end, wrapping around each truss until it reaches the first initial truss. Tie ends together and trim excess.

Picture of venison tenderloin, demonstrating the trussing technique to stuff venison loins, photo by Stacy Lyn Harris

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