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Old 12-19-2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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Question Ground Elk - what's your favorite way to utilize it?

I have a pound of ground Elk in my freezer and I want to use it in such a way, as to enhance the flavor of the meat.

I don't want just sub it out for a typical ground beef recipe -

so what have you got?

(PS: due to food intolerances/allergies/food choices, it can't have any soy or grain products)

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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When given ground venison of any kind (I'm told the word venison covers all of them; elk, antelope, deer, etc), my go-to is chili. Turn it into meat-balls and make stroganof. Any red-wine based recipe is good with game meat.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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I would go for some chopped sauteed onion a dash of ground cloves, some ground coriander and sea salt and black pepper. Make burgers or meatballs.
If you there's a pastry you can eat this would make a lovely pie filling.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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If you want to know you're eating elk, the less you do to it the better. I think its flavor would be lost in a dish that includes other strong flavors.

I'd grill them as burgers. Serve them on a bun or on a plate along with a starch and a veggie. If you want, you could serve it with a salsa or chutney on the side to dress it up.
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If you want to know you're eating elk, the less you do to it the better. I think its flavor would be lost in a dish that includes other strong flavors.

I'd grill them as burgers. Serve them on a bun or on a plate along with a starch and a veggie. If you want, you could serve it with a salsa or chutney on the side to dress it up.
That's how I used elk burger before. It was straight elk, no fat mixed in. For all I had heard about elk I was not impressed. It might as well have been a deer burger. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but for all the hype I was expecting more. Bison is still my favorite non-beef red meat.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #6
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Claire - the meatballs had definitely crossed my mind :)

Snip - that would be a lovely pie, and a good one to keep in mind when I'm not going paleo for a meal :D

Hey there pacanis :) Long time no see!

I'm a huge fan of Bison too - probably eat it 2-3x each week. However, I have a sweet bf who brought me elk. I was thinking of the same thing, as maybe little meatballs or bun-less sliders (well, I guess that would be flat meatballs....)...

however, the idea you have, Andy M, about adding a chutney - oooh that's a good one. I really do want to let the meat shine through the ingredients. And putting vegs and starch next to it - perf.

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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I've never had elk so I'm eager to hear what you think of it.
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Maybe we should call it wapiti to avoid confusion. To the Europeans, elk means what we call moose.
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When we had ground bison, I made burgers seasoned only with salt and pepper and served them with chimichurri sauce. It was really good.
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I would make it as a burger patty, grilled with S&P, sauteed onions and mushrooms in butter. You will want the fat from the butter. Love Elk.
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