Mongolian Elk vs. Turkey Curry



What I like about Wild Chef readers is they’re not afraid to get creative in the kitchen. It’s good to know there are some wild-game cooks out there playing hooky from the cream-of-mushroom-soup school of wild game cooking. We’ve got a couple great examples this week, as readers Chris Johnson and Levi Banks weigh in with a couple of mouthwatering dishes, both which offer some international flair.

Personally, I’m a bit torn on which to vote for, but I can probably predict how readers are going to swing this. That turkey curry looks and sounds delicious. Plus, any photo featuring both a bottle of Sriracha and a sippy cup of milk has got to be a winner. Still, you love your venison, which is usually a lock on Food Fight Fridays. But maybe you’ll surprise me this week.
Chris Johnson’s Mongolian Elk**


“This recipe is super simple and can be done in one pan. Also, most folks have all of these ingredients on hand. I used steaks from this year’s elk, dredged them in cornstarch. I think the starch helps to crisp the beef as well as thicken the sauce ultimately. The recipe calls for garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and water.

I added water chestnuts, broccoli, and snow peas to round it out, omitting green onions as I forgot to pick them up at the store. I also omitted chiles to keep the heat level palatable for the kiddos. For me, hunting is about the meat. That sentiment is magnified as beef prices reach an all-time high.”

Levi Banks’ Turkey Curry


“Coat the turkey with a mixture of flour, curry powder, cumin, and salt. Put the meat–along with potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and an apple–in a slow cooker with a teaspoon of chicken bouillon and ½ cup water. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, turn to high heat and add 1 can coconut milk. Cook for about 30 minutes. Serve over rice. I was going to garnish with peanuts and raisins, but forgot. The cilantro was pretty good, too. Apparently we’ve been taking so many pictures of food lately that when my 3 1/2 year old daughter sat down for breakfast at my parents’ house this weekend she asked for the camera so she could take a picture of her scrambled eggs.

Think you can do better? If so, send your best food photo to and we’ll put you head to head in an upcoming Food Fight Friday.