Nothing seems to increase the appetite faster than being active in the outdoors. The beauty of this recipe is that it works outside or inside; heap coals over your Dutch oven or plug-in your slow cooker!
Deer or Elk Pot Roast
4 pounds deer or elk
1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced
3 onions, chopped
3 medium potatoes
5 medium carrots
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 can beef consomme
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Directions for Dutch oven outside:
1) In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil and brown garlic lightly. Cut meat into chunks and brown on all sides in hot oil. Take meat out of the pot.
2) Cube the vegetables and spread 2/3 of them evenly over the bottom of the pot. Pour in 1 can consomme. Put meat on top and season with salt and pepper.
3) Place the rest of the veggies around the meat. Add 1 cup of water and the Worcestershire sauce. Cover. Bury the Dutch oven in a pit with coals. Cook for 6 to 8 hours.
4) Adjust seasonings and serve.
Directions for Slow Cooker/ Crock Pot:
1) Same as above. De-glaze the pot (used to cook the meat) with a small amount of water, scraping any bits of garlic into the crock pot.
2) Cube the vegetables and spread them evenly over the bottom of the crock pot. Put meat on top.
3) Mix 1 can of consomme with the Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the mixture in the slow cooker.
4) Cook 6 to 8 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove the lid and adjust seasonings.
Seasonings suggestions: To my mind, the only spice that can stand up to 6 to 8 hours of cooking in a slow cooker is bay leaf. I put 4 or 5 in the pot when it starts cooking. At the end, I remove them because children and pets can gag on the leaves.
If I want this to taste like regular stew, I add the usual stew spices: minced garlic, salt, pepper, basil, marjoram, paprika, etc.
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