I call this dish "Meat and Fire", an ode to the history of the Cowboys of the west and how they prepared their meals with little more than meat and fire. We now have all sorts of fancy kitchen gadgets to play with but the heart remains the same. Sous Vide Backstrap with Roasted Poblanos and Corn is a simple dish, but when prepared properly, it celebrates the relationship between the meat, the fire and the fresh brightness of the produce. It will surely remind you and your friends why we work so hard to harvest wild game.
This is my Oklahoman take on a very classic shank recipe, osso bucco. I’ve slow cooked venison shanks a handful of ways, from Dutch ovens to sous vide, and the crockpot delivers the low temps and long timing you really need for a nice braise on venison. What I also love about this recipe is that it requires the most basic of skills to create a beautiful meal with a really underrated and unused cut.
For us, summer is synonymous with snakehead fishing. They are abundant here, but they are as intelligent & fickle as they are hard-fighting. These fish are responsible for as much frustration as joy some days. As a food fish, snakehead is phenomenal. Mild-flavored and firm, with a delicate sweetness. So when it’s too hot to cook inside, we like to fire up the grill, throw on a snakehead fillet, and serve up a meal of crisp, cool Lemongrass Snakehead Summer Rolls with aromatic herbs from our garden.
One particular evening I was craving some restaurant style, crispy, (and terribly unhealthy) chimichangas. Lucky for me, I had some defrosted elk burger and a pantry full of options. Then followed a deliciously, completely made up, recipe for Air Fryer Wild Game Chimichangas.
It's berry season! Here's a way to utilize them, other than eating fistfuls throughout the day. These tarts are pretty simple to make and keep well in the fridge for a few days. Plus the shells are made from almond flour, so they are gluten free!