This evening I prepared some of the bear meat into delicious meals for tomorrow.
First, a guisado, a Mexican stew. Oh, I wish you could smell that dish. A humble dish, typically made out of pork or goat. Very common and eaten with flour tortillas, if you are in the northern region of Mexico.
Then, I got to work on a Bear in Burgundy, using my version of the Frugal Gourmet's Beef in Burgundy recipe. It smelled even better!
The kids and I sampled a little taste, but tried to hold back, as company is coming, and everyone knows that stew is better the next day...
We all agreed that it tasted exactly like.......beef.
Here is my recipe for the guisado. If you don't have bear meat, find a few better friends. Or substitute pork or beef. Or goat. Or lamb.
1 onion chopped
4 cloves garlic
1-2 lbs cubed bear meat
1-3 TBSP oil or rendered bear fat or bacon grease
1 TBPS cumin
salt to taste
1 pint canned tomatoes
Heat a large frying pan or dutch oven. Add oil. Brown meat. When meat is almost brown, add onions. When onions are translucent, add garlic and spices. Saute a couple of minutes, then add tomatoes and a quart of water. Simmer for 45 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. When ready to serve, stir in a tablespoon or two or roux (butter and flour cooked together, to thicken up the stew).
Warm tortillas are a great accompaniment, along with a nice salad on the side. Crusty bread would be good as well. Very simple and very delicious.
Bear in Burgundy recipe another day.