For Reindeer one of course turns to Anne in Sweden – “I do indeed eat reindeer! It’s a very lean meat, and it doesn’t taste of very much in itself. Not very “wild”. I haven’t had much deer, but it’s pretty similar. I usually buy frozen reindeer meat, flaked (like for Japanese yakiniku?) and fry it with onions and mushrooms, then in a cream sauce. I like it with rice or pasta – great comfort food. And very readily available here. A lot harder to find it fresh though.
Now, I’m not much of a pairing-wine-with-food person, preferring generally to stick with water for dinner and wine by itself or with cheese, but I’d say go with the flavors of the rest of the dish. The reindeer won’t be very overpowering, at least.”
Down in Australia from Matt the Abstract Gourmet – “Kangaroo eh… well I have to go right back to the start of my archives to find the last time I cooked it, but I do like to savour our national emblem on occasion… this recipe turned out really well… but make sure you let people know that kangaroo need to be cooked till just above pink if you really want to get the flavour and texture without turning it to rubber.”
No wine suggestions but I would go for a bouncing Australian red.
Jeanne, the famous CookSister!, has surpassed herself in providing the following info –
It seems zebra is not that popular (together with elephant, monkeys and carnivores) as it’s not spectacularly tasty. However, that’s what some people say about liver, so who knows. One reference that I found said that it tastes more like beef than horse, but sweeter. Who woulda known.
Here is a recipe from a 1958 South African cookbook:
Cut meat into stewing pieces, dip in seasoned flour and brown in oil. Add tomatoes, quartered and seeds removed, then the stock or soup and seasoning. Simmer until tender, depending on age of zebra. Just before serving add cream and a little red wine, if available.
And here is one from a site selling game, including African game, that I think I might try soon www.alternativemeats.co.uk:
Zebra with Red Wine and Shallot Marmalade Ingredients – Serves 4
Red Wine-Shallot Marmalade:
Combine the ground peppercorns and salt and liberally coat the zebra steaks.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium-high heat melt the butter with the oil and sugar. Add the shallots and caramelize them for 10 minutes. Add the wine, turn down the heat to a simmer and reduce liquid to ¼ of its original amount. Remove from heat. Add thyme and season.
On a hot grill, cook the steaks to the desired doneness. To serve, top each of the steaks with a spoonful of the shallot marmalade. The marmalade can be hot, warm or room temperature.
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