Thanks to those who weighed on on how to cook the venison steaks. Your suggestions really helped. I rubbed them lightly with a paste of garlic, fresh rosemary and cardamom, then into the iron skillet for about 6 minutes total. Sauce made with drippings, red wine, beef broth, more rosemary and dried tart cherries. The hunter and his wife (plus the hosts) loved it! Thanks again!
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