I try to be the sort of person who does not take a blessing for granted. Sometimes it's a challenge.
Almost 26 years ago, I married a man who likes to hunt. We made our home in a state that has some amazing hunting opportunities. I learned how to hunt, too. So for about 26 years, we've been eating game meat. Occasionally I buy meat at the store, just for a change.
Sisters, let me tell you: there is an astounding amount of ground meat in an elk. Even after you get all the good steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc., etc., you're swimming in elk burger. I make burgers, meatloaf, meat balls, tacos, egg rolls, chicken-fried steak, cabbage rolls and everything else I can think of.
And therein lies my problem. My family put three, count them THREE, elk in the freezer this year. We gave away a bunch and still have a freezer full. I'm frickin' out of ideas. No matter how I try, I can't turn 2 pounds of ground elk into a salmon filet. I've scoured the internet and all of my cookbooks.
If my math is right, I've prepared somewhere in the neighborhood of 4000 meals out of ground game meat. So here I am, 26 years later, and several times a week, I stand in my kitchen with a couple of pounds of ground meat in my hands and a blank look on my face.
Any great ideas out there for what ELSE to do with very, very lean ground meat? I'd be grateful for a new idea!
Trish in AZ
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