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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you head to head in an upcoming Food Fight Friday.