It was a great night in Fargo for grilling! Tonight’s menu called for grilled venison steak, sautéed onions, vegetable medley and cheese crisps.
Before we got to that though I did some quick cleaning of the house. Brinkley is watching me sweep…and so is Winston from the outside looking in! Silly animals.
Mr. FeistyEats is usually in charge of grilling meat in our house. He is also in charge of seasoning the steak. The highlight here would be Montreal Steak Seasoning, delicious! Tonight we had taken out venison steak to grill. If you aren’t a hunter you need to become one just to eat the steak, well back straps too. According to Wikipedia, venison is the culinary term for deer meat, whether hunted or farmed. Mr. FeistyEats typically hunts for white-tailed deer up towards the Finley-Sharon, ND area. White-tailed deer can be found pretty much all over the US and Canada and can be pesky, say, if your car hits one.
Venison steak is very tender, has a fine texture and is much more lean than comparable cuts of beef. Venison is higher in moisture and has fewer calories, cholesterol and fat that most beef or pork. I would not recommend cooking the meat past medium. Mr. FeistyEats actually turned me onto cooking meat properly, instead of well-done. It tastes MUCH better. I have not had a steak that was gamey tasting before and I grew up eating venison.
Venison is not readily available at the grocery store due to the requirement that deer is first inspected by the USDA. There are not many places that process deer and those that do generally send it on to restaurants. OK, enough deer talk. I am obviously a fan!
Now time for a little side story. You see that salad above? That is the salad I put together for my lunch tomorrow. This salad features a lettuce mix of radicchio and romaine, a boiled egg, shredded carrots and cut up fresh green beans. Delicious and nutritious.
At the same time Mr. FeistyEats was assembling a salad for HIS lunch. His mix? Iceberg lettuce (blah), a few mini carrots and TWO fresh green beans. He says he prefers cooked green beans and doesn’t really like any lettuce other than iceberg. I though the comparison was funny!
Along with our venison steaks, I slowly caramelized some onions until they were sweet and brown. I apparently forgot to photograph that process. Pretend to see it in your mind! The key is slow heat for a good caramelization. After the onions were done, I used the same pan to make some cheese crisps. Just take some shredded cheese and place it in a pan in a circle shape. Let it get hot and brown and then flip. If you use a non-stick pan it’ll flip easily. These are great made out of many different cheeses.
Mr. FeistyEats manned the grill. He also threw on a few slices of garlic bread. He usually moves his to the top as he likes his rare more rare than I do.
On the side we also utilized this simple bag of basil vegetable medley featuring cauliflower, carrots and peas. Just microwave and serve! Today Brinklie assisted Mr. FeistyEats in the grilling. Yep, she is still on a leash!
I dominated this plate!
Moral of the story: eat deer steak. It is delicious and good for you!