Monday, February 20, 2017

Rosemary-Thyme Venison Chops

While watching Food Network, a Giada De Laurentiis rerun introduced me to the Florentine beefsteak, which is a giant, 2 inch thick porterhouse steak simply seasoned and cooked to rare. With a spritz of lemon juice over the beautiful crust, it made my mouth water. I made the dish that very same night. (Sure does help to keep a well-stocked pantry.) If we ever make it to Italy, we're definitely having one! Those Florentines do know how to eat their meat.

Though it may be difficult to get the porterhouse cut off a deer, our version is made from venison loin cooked to a perfect medium-rare (or rare, if you'd like) with pungent rosemary and thyme. If you're out of loin, use steaks from the hindquarters instead. But remember that younger deer are tastier, more tender deer. 

Find the recipe here along with a simple recipe for riced cauliflower: http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/2017/02/paleo-diet-friendly-rosemary-venison-chops-cauliflower-rice-recipe/


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Buffalo Pheasant Cheese Dip

Shout out to our horsey friends Brit Vegas and Adam Gengenbach for the inspiration behind this appetizer. Brit and Adam belong to the mounted foxhunting club North Hills Hunt with us, and a dish that they often bring to brunches and parties is buffalo chicken dip. It is soooo good. I'm super picky when it comes to appetizers, but this stuff is addictive-- warm, cheesy and spicy. After hunting in the winter, we pile this onto our plates with lots of tortilla chips. 

So while trying to think of a wild game recipe for The Sportsman Channel during game-day party season, it made perfect sense to recreate Brit and Adam's appetizer with pheasant. It turned out great! For the recipe, visit: http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/2017/02/buffalo-pheasant-cheese-dip-recipe/

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chicken Fried Elk Steaks with Brown Gravy

This elk steak came from our good friends Nick and Lindsay Tramp of northeastern Nebraska. I believe Nick shot this elk in Wyoming, and they were so kind to share some with us. After tasting it-- and it was a our first time-- Rick and I began pining to go on an elk hunt. The meat was so delicious. And it's amazing how big these animals are. Think of all that meat! One day ... 

If I had to give up beef for elk, I would be perfectly happy. It's such a well-balanced, flavorful meat. I find it richer than venison. I thought the fat also tasted good.

So if you have some elk steaks in the freezer, here's another recipe for you. We wrote it for Game and Fish Magazine here with step-by-step photos: http://www.gameandfishmag.com/recipes/chicken-fried-elk-steaks-with-brown-gravy/
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