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Food Fight Friday: Elk Fajitas vs. Antelope Steaks

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August 03, 2012

Food Fight Friday: Elk Fajitas vs. Antelope Steaks

By David Draper

A few weeks back, Wild Chef reader KoldKut threw down the gauntlet when he called out a couple of other readers who disparaged the looks of his pronghorn curry. Well, it took some time for one of the readers to muster up the courage (or get down to cooking), but MaxPower responded. As he says: “Bruised egos can be big motivation.” So here is this week’s grudge match, featuring MaxPower's elk fajitas against KoldKut’s antelope steaks.

MaxPower’s Elk Fajitas

I lust after the food showcased every Friday in your Food Fight contest (and throughout the week) and have always wanted to enter. But, until I got called out by another regular to your blog, I didn't have the stones to submit anything. Here's my humble and first entry. My Elk Steak Fajitas are nothing fancy, but they are amazingly tasty and satisfying when done right.  I try to use good cuts of elk. I know this isn't the norm when it comes to fajitas, but I have enough elk to spare and this is one of my favorite dishes so why not use good cuts? I started the meat over medium heat, and when they’re close to brown, I cover them in my own Tex-Mex mix and toss in sliced red, orange, and yellow peppers as well as an onion and turn the heat to medium-low. I let simmer until the veggies are softened but not mushy, wrap in a tortilla and inhale. If I'm feeling a bit underweight, I slather some sour cream on the tortilla before filling it, or add some Tabasco as well.

KoldKut’s Antelope Steaks

In light of my curry taking a beating, here is pronghorn—un-smothered. I got the taters and onions going in the pan and had the steaks sitting aside with some steak seasoning on them waiting for the grill to heat up. Once it hit 450 degrees, I went out there and laid them on the grates and went back inside to tend the salad and taters. I looked out moments later to see the thermometer sitting at 300 degrees. No biggie, I thought. It must just have to catch back up after I opened the grill. And a few moments after that, it was around 250 degrees and my fears were confirmed by a quick check. I'M OUT OF PROPANE! So I rushed a pan on the stove, cranked her up to high and rescued the barely marked steaks to the stove. The taters are simple, but cooked slow to let the onions do their thing with simple salt and pepper, and the salad is a not much more than lettuce, tomatoes and some thinly shaved onion slices. The drink was Sierra Mist and Bulleit bourbon. Dig in!

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

They both look tasty. If it were a perfect world I would swap the meats in these recipes. Antelope Fajitas and Elk Steaks. I like the sides with the Antelope. Its tough to be homefries and salad with a nice steak.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

this is a tough decision.

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from ckRich wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I'm feeling extra hungry this morning, so I will try both!

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from Koldkut wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I don't even know which one to vote for.....

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from Chris Pratt wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

So, I had to vote steak. I've been wanting a good steak for about a week now. Those fajitas sure look good too though. They would be a perfect elk camp meal. Cheers to both cooks.

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from Chris Pratt wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

So, I had to vote steak. I've been wanting a good steak for about a week now. Those fajitas sure look good too though. They would be a perfect elk camp meal. Cheers to both cooks.

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from abbner wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Way to many peppers on the fajitas for my taste so I have to go with the steak. Dang it, now I'm hungry!

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from VAHunter540 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Koldkut, are the veggies homegrown?

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from VAHunter540 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

MAX, same question.

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from Koldkut wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

The lettuce and onions were store bought, my garden lettuce got planted late, but the tomatoes are legit homegrown cherry tomatoes.

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from MaxPower wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

My veggies are not homegrown, I had some homegrown zucchini and summer squash but there was no room on the plate.

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from MaxPower wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

My veggies are not homegrown, I had some homegrown zucchini and summer squash but there was no room on the plate.

Koldkut, this weeks Antelope looks amazing I will say that.

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from Clint Walker wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I've had Koldkut's steaks and can't imagine anything being tastier!

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Both look great. Fajitas need cilantro, pico de gallo or guacamole to really gt that authentic taste, but those look great. Them antelope steaks look to be seared nicely. Good job on both

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from VAHunter540 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Guys the dishes look delicious; you both did a great job. I’d be happy getting to eat either one. No criticism on the vegetables was just curious. Thanks for sharing!

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from ejpaul1 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Well, Ive had plenty of both. Overall, pronghorn beats the heck out of elk everyday no matter the preperation so the steak gets my vote. In fact, were down to our last pronghorn, best get to cookin!

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Man both sound real good

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from missedit wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I have had elk stakes yuk!!!, but never had a chance to taste prong horn.
Both plates look awesome guys, I want them both!!!!

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from missedit wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I did not spell check my text.
I ment to spell elk Steaks yum.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

They both look tasty. If it were a perfect world I would swap the meats in these recipes. Antelope Fajitas and Elk Steaks. I like the sides with the Antelope. Its tough to be homefries and salad with a nice steak.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

this is a tough decision.

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from Koldkut wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I don't even know which one to vote for.....

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from MaxPower wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

My veggies are not homegrown, I had some homegrown zucchini and summer squash but there was no room on the plate.

Koldkut, this weeks Antelope looks amazing I will say that.

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from ckRich wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I'm feeling extra hungry this morning, so I will try both!

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from Chris Pratt wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

So, I had to vote steak. I've been wanting a good steak for about a week now. Those fajitas sure look good too though. They would be a perfect elk camp meal. Cheers to both cooks.

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from Chris Pratt wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

So, I had to vote steak. I've been wanting a good steak for about a week now. Those fajitas sure look good too though. They would be a perfect elk camp meal. Cheers to both cooks.

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from abbner wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Way to many peppers on the fajitas for my taste so I have to go with the steak. Dang it, now I'm hungry!

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from VAHunter540 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Koldkut, are the veggies homegrown?

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from VAHunter540 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

MAX, same question.

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from Koldkut wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

The lettuce and onions were store bought, my garden lettuce got planted late, but the tomatoes are legit homegrown cherry tomatoes.

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from MaxPower wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

My veggies are not homegrown, I had some homegrown zucchini and summer squash but there was no room on the plate.

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from Clint Walker wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I've had Koldkut's steaks and can't imagine anything being tastier!

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Both look great. Fajitas need cilantro, pico de gallo or guacamole to really gt that authentic taste, but those look great. Them antelope steaks look to be seared nicely. Good job on both

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from VAHunter540 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Guys the dishes look delicious; you both did a great job. I’d be happy getting to eat either one. No criticism on the vegetables was just curious. Thanks for sharing!

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from ejpaul1 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Well, Ive had plenty of both. Overall, pronghorn beats the heck out of elk everyday no matter the preperation so the steak gets my vote. In fact, were down to our last pronghorn, best get to cookin!

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Man both sound real good

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from missedit wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I have had elk stakes yuk!!!, but never had a chance to taste prong horn.
Both plates look awesome guys, I want them both!!!!

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from missedit wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I did not spell check my text.
I ment to spell elk Steaks yum.

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