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Swiss Elk Steak With Mushroom Sauce



  • 2 pounds of elk round
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1/2  cup of chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 pint of brown gravy
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 pint of peeled canned tomatoes
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


Cut elk round into half-inch thick medallions. Season with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Add oil to  a cast iron pan. Place medallions in hot oil, and lightly brown on both sides. Add onions and mushrooms, and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add tomatoes, gravy, wine and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil and cover with foil.

Place a crushed can on the wood-burning stovetop, then place the pan on top of the can. The can will carry heat  to the sauce without burning it. Cook for about 1 to 11/2 hours. If  you have an oven on the smokestack, place medallions in a pan, cover and roast for 1 to 2 hours. Make sure you bring the contents to a boil before placing the pan in the oven.

More Pointers

  • Cut large pieces of meat in half to save cooking time.
  • Cook foods that can be reheated on the stovetop. For example, cooked spaghetti squash can be placed in a sealable plastic bag with butter, salt and pepper, and then  reheated in a pot of hot water.
  • Double-bag precooked foods to prevent leaks.
  • Use  store-bought foods, and add berries or nuts to compliment the taste.
  • A heavy, flat-bottomed teakettle is perfect for replacing the humidity fire takes from the air. If you keep the kettle full, you can use it to replace water in stews, soups and beans.
  • Always keep dry oven mitts nearby,.
  • Use flattened cans as racks on the stovetop to keep sauces from scorching.


Originally printed in Women In The Outdoors, Fall 2003. Visit for more recipes and to order my books, "The Art Of Cooking Venison", "The Art of Barbecuing and Grilling Game"  and the dvd, "The Art of Backyard Butchering".

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