Both my daughters have somehow found something they have in common. Their guys like to hunt! Now for some of you that might be normal but if you grew up in Riverside California you don’t usually meet someone who goes hunting on a regular basis… like anytime they can get away into the wild.
“Why did I share that?” you may ask…. Well, I get to reap the benefits. Since I grew up eating a variety of the “unusual” (chicken feet, beef tongue, heart and tripe, kidneys, liver, chicken livers, calves brains,… OK, I’ll stop there) and have had some foreign foods that most Southern California city slickers would balk at (I think I ate dog once, but that’s for another blog) I’m not afraid to try something that’s not on the ordinary menu. And, for the past few months I have had the luxury of pounds and pounds of wild game in my freezer and consequently in my stew pot! YUM!
I wont go on about the benefits of wild game compared to processed, over medicated, hormone pumped meats you’ll find behind your butchers counter… ooops I almost got on my soapbox. 🙂
Here is a list of a few things I’ve had the chance to prepare for friends and family:
Buffaloaf – meatloaf made with ground buffalo
Buffalo Stroganoff– by far everyones favorite
Country Fried Buffalo
Slow Cooker Buffalo Pot Roast
Javelina and Venison Breakfast Sausage
Venison Steaks with crimini mushrooms and garlic
Javelina and Venison Chorizo
So far my freezer has been cold storage for Venison, buffalo and Javelina. I hope to try rabbit, quail and turkey someday, but that really depends on the hunting pleasures of my supplier who, for his own protection, shall remain anonymous. And, NO, I wont give up his identity so don’t ask.
To the hunter: Many kudos for your generosity in sharing your prize with this adventurous cook. You know who you are… come by anytime I’ve got game on the table and have a bite to eat with us!
And for those of you who might be inspired to try something off the beaten path, I’ll post some of my recipes to these wonderful alternatives to commercial meats in the future.