Thursday, April 20, 2017

Elk Steak (8 oz.) w/ Hash Browns and Southern Style Blackeye Peas

Dinner Tonight: Elk Steak (8 oz.) w/ Hash Browns and Southern Style Blackeye Peas

For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs, toasted 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole
Grain Bread (Lightly buttered w/ I Can't Believe It's Not Butter), and the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Some rain overnight and an early morning passing shower outside. A bit warmer out today, 83 degrees. Had the outsides, deck, and driveway power washed so that's out of the way. My cousin is going to repaint our deck for us, hopefully within a week. With that done everything is looking good outside! Lot of work and money to keep everything up. Cleaned the house today, vacuum and dusted. Full day today. For Dinner something new, Elk Sirloin Steak. I prepared a SayersBrook - Elk Strip Loin 8 oz. w/ Hash Browns and Blackeye Peas.

It's my first time preparing an Elk Steak. Elk cooks quickly like Buffalo. Elk is so lean that it is more prone to overcooking and drying out than beef or chicken. The key to cooking Elk well is to either cook it hot and fast, or low and slow. I'm going low and slow with it.

I preheated the oven to 350°F. Then I grabbed a Cast Iron Skillet which I love using. You can take it from stove right into the oven and it holds heat evenly. I first pat the Steak dry with paper towel. Next heated 1 tablespoon Extra Light Olive Oil in Cast Iron Skillet on medium heat. I then seared tenderloins on both sides. From the stove to the preheated oven. Continued cooking it to around 135 to 130 F, medium rare.

It cooked up beautifully! Nice browning on the outside and slightly pink and juicy on the inside. The Elk has a fantastic flavor to it, more similar to Beef than Buffalo is. I served it with a side of A-1 Thick and Hearty. Next I'll be trying a Wild Boar Sirloin. I have a nice assortment of Steak now; Buffalo, Elk, and Wild Boar to choose from.

For one side dish I prepared some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns. Fried in Extra Light
Olive Oil and seasoned them with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, and Parsley. I love Hash Browns, they make the perfect side for any Dish.

The for another side dish I heated up a can of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Blackeye Peas. Haven't had these in a while and they sounded good! If you are a fan of Blackeye Peas, like myself, you’ll love these! Just emptied the Peas into a small saucepan, covered, and heated to a boil. Reduced the heat, stirred. Simmer until ready to serve. Nice size Peas and Seasoned just right! For Dessert later a Weight Watcher's Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

SayersBrook - Elk Strip Loin 8 oz.

Elk strip loin steaks. (2) 8 oz. package. 1lb total  The elk or wapiti as they are called in North
America is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia. Only the moose rivals it in size. Elk feed on grasses, plants, leaves and bark. The meat is leaner and higher in protein than either beef or chicken. Elk meat is one of the tastiest and healthiest all-natural alternatives to traditional meats. Elk meat is low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Elk meat is a one of those rare foods that is very healthy for you and still tastes great! It's a dark red, dense meat. Very tender and needs no marinating. The taste is similar to beef but with more flavor. It does not taste gamey. Substitute elk meat in any recipe calling for beef. Do not over cook elk meat. Because of it's low fat content, elk cooks quickly and if overdone it will be dry and tough. Burgers, steaks and roasts should be pink in the center.

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