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Elk Stroganoff Stuffed Mushrooms

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I love a good dinner party: the friends, the music, the drinks, the food! And nothing makes for a better dinner party than introducing your friends to a new recipe. I also like to use my dinner parties as a forum for letting my friends experience new foods, such as a new fish or seafood, or unique vegetables like dandelion greens, fiddleheads, or jicama, but mostly I especially like to showcase wild game!

As I’m sure every wild game meat fan has found, not everyone is fond of it. Not only does wild game meat have a lot of stigmas around it, such as it is too “gamey” or it tastes like sage brush or its texture is too tough, but also few people have even ever eaten it, and it is a brand-new dining experience. For these reasons, one of my favorite approaches for sharing my game meat is through an appetizer.

Appetizers provide a giant pack of flavor, texture, and culinary experience in a single bite. They are the perfect option for introducing friends, family, and especially newcomers, to wild game meat. Appetizers allow the diner a taste of wild game without their own fears of having to finish an entire plate of something they may not like getting in the way. Someone may feel overwhelmed at the idea of an entire elk filet filling their plate, but may be excited by the idea of trying a bite-size piece of elk tenderloin wrapped with a thin slice of bacon.

For my latest dinner party, I wanted to serve stuffed mushrooms. I like stuffed mushrooms because they truly fit the mold of giant flavor packed into a single bite. Many stuffed mushrooms are filled with garlic and onions, a variety of herbs and seasoned breadcrumbs, different grated cheese, and delicious meat bites like sausage. The mushrooms themselves create perfect bite size containers for the appetizers, but they also add flavor and texture to every bite.

I like my appetizers to be reminiscent of an entrée meal. I think it is fun when an entire meal fits into a convenient, single bite. Elk stroganoff served over a bed of egg noodles is one of my favorite ways to prepare elk or deer, and I think one of the reasons is I love the way the mushrooms add to the dish. So, I thought a single bite of elk stroganoff served in a little mushroom cap would be perfect. Stroganoff is a very savory and rich meal, and I must admit that I get full on it very quickly, but this intense, over-the-top flavor is the kind of meal that makes for a great appetizer.

Makes: 24 individual mushroom bites
Time to make: 1 hour
Also works with: venison, moose, bear, boar


Looking for more elk appetizers? Why not try these Elk Shank Tagine Canapés?


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Elk Stroganoff Stuffed Mushrooms

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Recipe by Lindsey Bartosh Course: Wild Recipes
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
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Ingredients

  • Stroganoff Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons paprika, sweet

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoons beef demiglace

  • Stuffed Mushroom Ingredients
  • 24 baby portabellas or creminis, stems removed and cleaned

  • 1 pound ground elk or deer

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Preparation

  • Stroganoff Sauce Instructions
  • Place heavy cream, sour cream, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, mustard, salt and pepper, and demiglace in medium saucepan.
  • Bring the ingredients to a boil and then reduce to a heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for twenty minutes until sauce is thick and glossy.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Stuffed Mushroom Instructions
  • Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and preheat oven 400 degrees.
  • Place butter in a large, high-sided skillet and melt.
  • Add diced onions to melted butter and cook until soft, about five minutes.
  • Add ground elk and cook until just brown, about five to seven minutes. Don’t worry about completely cooking the elk, as it will finish in the oven.
  • Add elk and onion mixture to sauce and combine.
  • Scoop stroganoff mixture into cleaned mushrooms and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for twenty minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.

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Lindsey Bartosh

Lindsey Bartosh lives in southeastern Utah where she spends her time hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing. She runs a website, huntingandcooking.com, and also a weekly radio show about seeking, pursuing, and processing wild game.

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