A densely nutritious meal from the Boreal forest, true Northern wild rice is cooked in roasted fowl stock with fresh lingonberries, then tossed with torn pieces of pan-fried smoked turkey, wild onions, fresh sage and rosemary. Drizzled with hot stock and pan drippings..
1 wild rice (if the instructions on the package call for less than 1 hour of cooking, it probably isn’t true wild rice)
2-3/4 cups homemade fowl or vegetable stock, boiling
1/2 cup fresh lingonberries, stemmed, rinsed and picked over (substitute cranberries)
1 tablespoon rendered turkey or chicken fat
pinch of sea salt
1 smoked turkey leg, skinned, pulled and torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup wild onions (both green and white sections), trimmed and cut into to 1/8-inch thick slices
12 whole, fresh sage leaves, stemmed
1 heaping tablespoon fresh rosemary needles
2 tablespoons rendered turkey or chicken fat
freshly-cracked black pepper
Heat 1 tablespoon rendered turkey or chicken fat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add wild rice and stir to coat. Continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes until each grain is coated and glossy.
Add 2-1/2 cups boiling stock and berries and stir to separate rice. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until just tender, about 1 hour. Salt to taste.
Heat 1-1/2 tablespoons rendered turkey or chicken fat in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and onions and quickly sear. Add sage and rosemary and cook until herbs are crisp, about 2-3 minutes.
To serve, combine rice and turkey in warm soup bowls. Stir the reserved stock and pan drippings together and drizzle over the top. Season with freshly-cracked black pepper.
The species of wild rice most commonly harvested is the annual Zizania palustris. Native Americans and non-Indians harvest wild rice by canoeing into a stand of plants, and bending the ripe grain heads with wooden sticks called knockers, so as to thresh the seeds into the canoe.
The size of the knockers, as well as other details, are prescribed in state and tribal law. By Minnesota statute, knockers must be at most 1 inch in diameter, 30 inches long, and one pound in weight. The plants are not beaten with the knockers but require only a gentle brushing to dislodge the mature grain. The Ojibwa people call this plant manoomin meaning “good berry”. Some seeds fall to the muddy bottom and germinate later in the year.
Several Native American cultures, such as the Ojibwa, consider wild rice to be a sacred component in their culture. The rice is harvested with a canoe: one person vans (or “knocks”) rice into the canoe with two small poles (called “knockers” or “flails”) while the other paddles slowly or uses a push pole. For these groups, this harvest is an important cultural (and often economic) event. –Wikipedia
- Learn how truly wild rice is harvested [VIDEO] (grist.org)
The elk is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America. Ranging in forest and forest-edge habitat, elk are ruminants, feeding on grasses, bark, forbs and tree sprouts. High in protein and low in fat, this animal was wild-harvested deep in the Texas hill country..
Allow one 5-7oz portion per person, depending on accompaniments
Medallions of wild elk loin, cut about 1 inch-thick
coarse sea salt
freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of tallow
Season elk medallions on all sides with salt and pepper, wrap loosely in butchers’ paper and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
Remove from refrigerator, blot dry and allow to stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Pan-sear with a little tallow or grill over a wood fire until just medium-rare, then allow to rest 10 minutes before serving over chipotle demi-glace.
Crushed Chipotle Demi-Glace, Home Version (adapted from Saveur)
1/4 lb. uncured bacon, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup sprouted wheat, spelt or rye flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2-1/2 quarts beef or game stock, divided
1/4 cup good sherry (not cooking wine)
10 sprigs fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 leaves fresh sage
2 chiles chipotle en adobo, crushed
sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Render bacon in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Add onions and carrots and cook until somewhat softened, about 8 minutes. Use a sifter to sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook another 10 minutes. Add sherry, herbs and 8 cups of stock and simmer uncovered until reduced in volume by three-quarters, about 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Strain sauce, discarding solids. Return to pan with chiles chipotle en adobo and remaining stock and simmer until reduced by half, about 2 hours. Demi-glace may be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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Local, pastured lamb is marinated overnight in olive oil, fresh rosemary, garlic and black pepper, then grilled to medium-rare over a smoky wood fire. Served with crimini mushroom wild rice and grilled yellow tomatoes..
Lay lamb chops in a glass dish and cover with fresh rosemary, garlic, black pepper and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours, turning once. Allow to come to room temperature before grilling over a hot, smoky wood fire until just medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to stand 5 minutes before serving (they will continue to cook a little). Lightly oil tomatoes and grill until the first split appears.
To prepare wild rice, soak dried crimini mushrooms in hot chicken or vegetable stock for 30 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a side dish to drain and use the soaking liquid to cook the rice until just tender, about 45-60 minutes. Melt butter over medium-high heat until shimmering, then sauté until golden brown. Stir into rice and serve hot.
A little savory and not too sweet, these simple biscuits make a versatile side any time of day..
Makes about 10 3-inch biscuits (adapted from a recipe by Diana’s Kitchen)
2 1/4 cups organic, unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup rapadura or raw wildflower honey
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup cultured butter, softened
1 pastured egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup fresh buttermilk
3/4 cup organic frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons cultured butter, melted
3 tablespoons maple sugar
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary needles, chopped
Mix 2 cups of the flour with the rapadura, baking powder, lemon peel, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture forms pea-sized lumps.
Combine egg and buttermilk, then pour into the flour mixture. Stir just to combine- mixture will be slightly lumpy. Gently fold in still-frozen blueberries.
Sprinkle remaining flour onto the counter-top, then knead the dough by hand until it holds together, about 6 or 7 turns. Pat out the dough to a uniform 1/2 inch thickness, then cut out rounds with an empty can, glass or cutter.
Brush biscuits with melted butter, then sprinkle with maple sugar and rosemary. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degree until golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Serve hot from the oven with cultured butter.
Local pastured leg of lamb is coated with fresh rosemary, garlic, coarse salt and cracked pepper then slow-roasted and served au jus with fresh peas, spearmint and fried shallots..
Rinse leg of lamb and pat dry. Remove the fell (a thin membrane covering the fat) if present, then coat with extra virgin olive oil and liberal amounts of fresh rosemary, garlic, sea salt and cracked black pepper.
Chop enough equal parts celery, white onion and carrots (mirepoix) to cover the bottom of a cast iron skillet to a depth of 1/2 inch. Pour in 1 cup of Cabernet Sauvignon then set the lamb on top. Roast uncovered in a 325 degree oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest section reads 125-130 degrees, about 75 minutes depending on size. Transfer lamb to a cutting board, cover loosely and allow to rest 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, add 2 cups cold filtered water to the roasting pan and stir to scrape up the brown bits. Place over medium heat and cook until reduced by half. Strain into a clean pan and adjust flavor with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
Blanch fresh English peas in 1/4 inch of filtered water for 2-3 minutes, then immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Heat butter in a heavy skillet and add a thinly sliced whole shallot. Fry until golden, then add minced lemon peel and cook 30 seconds. Add drained peas and lots of chopped fresh mint and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, spoon peas onto a serving plate and arrange 1/2 inch-thick sliced of lamb over the top. Dress with reduced pan juices and serve immediately.
Slow-cooked grass-fed chuck roast with mushroom pan gravy, fresh herbs and roasted winter vegetables..
Blot roast dry with paper towels and sprinkle all surfaces with kosher salt. Wrap loosely and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Pre-heat a Dutch oven over medium heat and pre-heat oven to 225 degrees.
Melt 1 tablespoon pastured butter in Dutch oven. Blot roast dry, wiping off any remaining salt and add to the pot. Brown 5 minutes per side without moving in between.
Add 1/2 cup Burgundy or other hearty red wine, 1 small yellow onion, chopped, 1 carrot chopped, 2 cloves of garlic, chopped, a few peppercorns and a mixture of fresh herbs such as rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage.
Cover and braise for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven, add 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, turn the roast, cover and return to oven until fork-tender, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Meanwhile, prepare root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, leeks and fingerling potatoes. Dress with melted butter, season liberally with sea salt and freshly-ground pepper and roast alongside the beef for 1 hour.
Remove the beef from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest. Meanwhile, turn the oven up to 375 degrees and let the vegetables get well browned.
Meanwhile, strain the liquid from the Dutch oven into a clean pot. Reduce slightly over medium heat, then thicken by whisking in a bit of roux. Add sautéed mushrooms and a little demi-glace if you have it. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper if needed.