Wild game feast

Saturday I deliberately skipped lunch in anticipation of the annual Wild Game Dinner at St. Bernard Catholic Church and it was a good thing, too. I managed to eat my way through the entire buffet – except for the salad and most of the dessert, that is. But talk about incredible dishes, they had it all. Appetizers consisted of cheese and crackers, elk salami and jerky. I’ve had my share of both but I don’t know when I’ve had better jerky. The salami was right up there with it.

My first plate consisted of Dutch oven Pheasant stew, sweet and sour Elk, and Buffalo roast with gravy. The stew surprised me – it was sweet with mandarin oranges – absolutely delicious. The Buffalo had a different flavor, somewhere in the neighborhood of pungent and smoky, a real contrast to the Elk and Pheasant.

Wild game dinner dish 1 - Buffalo roast with gravy, sweet and sour Elk, Dutch oven Pheasant stew.

Wild game dinner dish 1 – Buffalo roast with gravy, sweet and sour Elk, Dutch oven Pheasant stew.

Second plate was deer ribs, bear pepper steak, pulled pork (not really a wild game, but very good nonetheless), and corn soufflé. The ribs didn’t seem to have any spice but they packed some heat nonetheless. I wasn’t sure about the bear dish since I’ve never heard anything good about bear, but apparently it’s all in knowing how to cook it; the pepper steak was very good and the bear was unlike any other wild game I’ve tasted. Not the greasy flavor everyone talks about. The corn soufflé was simply terrific.

Wild game dinner dish 2 - pulled pork, corn souffle, bear pepper steak, venison (deer) ribs.

Wild game dinner dish 2 – pulled pork, corn souffle, bear pepper steak, venison (deer) ribs.

My final plate consisted of elk chili, deer enchilada, and Dutch oven potatoes with bacon. The chili had a delayed heat that crept up on you, but also a hint of sweetness that almost reminded me of Cincinnati Chile. And no beans – I’m told that true chili has no beans.

Wild game dinner dish 3 - Elk chili, Venison (deer) enchilada, Dutch oven potatoes and bacon

Wild game dinner dish 3 – Elk chili, Venison (deer) enchilada, Dutch oven potatoes and bacon

I finished my dinner with coffee and a dessert of chocolate cake and chocolate cream pie, then walked away with one of the door prizes – a hunting cap and vest. Kinda gets me looking forward to next year’s dinner.

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2 Responses to “Wild game feast”

  1. 2 brown dawgs blog (@2browndawgsblog) Says:

    Oh my goodness. That all looks so yummy! And you got prizes too!

    My hubby got a bear once. I liked the meat which is very lean. You almost have to crock it, marinade it, or add a sauce. For the ground we had them cut it with pork because it was so lean. If I remember right, we also had steaks and a couple of roasts. It was all quite good. It helps to have it butchered properly. In my opinion, that is probably the most important thing with the larger game.

    • murphydogs Says:

      Thanks, it was delicious and I was stuffed. The cooks take it seriously and bring their best dishes, which counts me out – like forever!

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