Wild Recipe: Ring Around the Deer – Venison Meatza

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Ring around the deer:

  • 1 pound ground venison or beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 pack pepperoni slices, halved
  • 1 package of Canadian bacon, quartered
  • 1 ½ cups Shredded Mozzarella or Pizza blend cheese (6 oz)
  • 1 ½ cups pizza sauce
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Roll cans (8 rolls per can)
  • 1 Tbl butter, melted
  • 1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning and/or basil to taste
  • 14” Dutch oven (if using a 12” Dutch oven cut the recipe in half and adjust coals)

Method:

  • Prepare one charcoal chimney of coals
  • In a bowl mix meat and pizza sauce until combined
  • Add parchment paper to the oven
  • Open crescent roll, unroll and separate each triangle. On the parchment-lined oven, arrange the triangles so the thicker ends are overlapping each other and the thin points are extending away from the center of the circle as you form a ring (use both cans)
  • Spoon a generous portion of cooked meat mixture toward the center of the ring, on the larger ends (not towards the points) of the dough
  • Next layer the pepperoni and Canadian bacon onto of the meat mixture
  • Then Layer the cheese
  • Then sprinkle seasoning on top of the cheese
  • Next pick up each triangle point and place it up and over the filling mixture. (make it look pretty!)
  • Prepare your hot coals: 375 degrees 14” oven using 30 coals: *20 charcoal on top and 10 charcoal on the bottom for 30-35 minutes or until crescents have turned brown. For baking bread, rolls, cakes, etc... - use "2/3 timing" method -- work with the heat on top and bottom for 2/3 of cooking time, the remainder of the time with heat only on top to finish baking.
    Hint: use smell to help alert you to it being done
  • Plate and serve with ranch dressing or pizza sauce

Rings can be any flavor: Taco ring, Breakfast Ring, Philly Steak Ring, cheeseburger Ring, BBQ chicken Ring, cheery/oreo/chocolate, etc.  With the pizza ring any pizza toppings can be used – chicken/bbq/pineapple, sausage/olives/pepperoni, etc.

*if the coals are small use 2 coals to equal one – so there may be 20 or 21 coals. Don’t get stuck on precise numbers.