Brown Bear Vegetable Stew

Brown Bear Vegetable Stew

Serves 6

This is what we had tonight as our last meal of 2008. The Bear meat was so tender that it melted in your mouth. It didn’t have the wild taste I was expecting, instead it tasted like beef and had the same texture as beef. It was very taste and everyone had seconds.

2 lb Bear meat 1/8 cup Vinegar 1 tb Salt 2 cups Water

1/4 cup Shortening 2 cloves Garlic chopped

1 small pinch sage
1 small pinch thyme
1 small pinch cilantro
1 small pinch rosemary
2 small pinches bay leaf
5 small pinches black pepper

1/4 cup cold water
3-4 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup dairy cream

2 large carrots sliced
1 medium orange bell pepper
2 med red onions
1/2 cauliflower finely trimmed
1 broccoli finely trimmed

vegetable broth/stock – 6 cups water with 2 vegetable bouillon cubes

Trim all fat and skin from the Bear meat and wash it in cold water. Cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes and soak 20 minutes in 2 cups of water with 1/8 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt. Drain well after soaking and pat dry. (NOTE: If the Bear meat is really tough, you can double the soaking time.)

Melt shortening in a heavy frying pan with 2 cloves chopped garlic, add bear meat and brown well on all sides.

Take the browned Bear meat together with the cooking juices and the vegetable broth/stock and place into a 4 liter (or larger) cast-iron skillet with lid. Add the sage, thyme, cilantro, bay leaf and rosemary. Crush these spices by rolling them between your 1st finger and thumb as you add it to the skillet. Also add the black pepper. Gently cook (low heat) with lid on for 1 1/2 hours.

Add the sliced carrots and continue low heat cooking for 30 more minutes.

Take 1/4 cup of cold water and slowly add corn starch, mixing it with a fork until it thickens up into a paste. Bring the stew to a slow boil and add the paste to the stew and slow boil until the sauce thickens up.

Now add the dairy cream and stir.

Reduce the temperature back to low and add the remaining vegetables (orange bell pepper, red onions, cauliflower, broccoli) and gently cook for 15 minutes or until all the veggies are warm.

Serve with warm garlic bread.






Posted on March 4, 2014, in Recipes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. When this post came through I was really surprised! I don’t know why….well, I do, it was the bear meat. I really did not know that you could buy bear meat. I am so totally intrigued and am interested that you had to soak it. Here in England we eat Oxtail, which has a rich beefy taste, but more intense than beef. Well done you, for introducing me to something totally outside my experience. No chance of bear meat here! Although…that may not be the case. I helped a friend out in her shop in Exeter yesterday and I walked past a store advertising Camel meat!!! So there you are. Thanks so much for news from Sweden! -Karen

    • Hi Karen,
      The reason we soaked the meat in vinegar water was because it tenderizes the meat. I got this tip from “The Book about Vinegar” by the Australien author Emily Thatcher. It is a great book that I can highly recommend.
      If you want to get rid of the game taste of wild meat you can soak it in milk before you cook it. Personally that flavor is the whole reason I like to eat wild meat/Game.
      I have not seen Camel meat advertised here. That is a news to me. I’ve seen Emu, Ostrich,Alligator, snakes,razorback, all sort of wild fowl and more. Some of the exotic meat are frozen and then flown in from other parts of the world. I have found an Alligator recipe hubby has been wanting to try this New years.

  2. Marcella Rousseau

    Who knew you could eat bear meat!! Better you eat the bear than the bear eat you! Great post!

    • Thanks for the Humerous comment. I had never met anyone that had eaten bear either. I couldn’t find a recipe on how to cook bear meat on internet.Hubby just took for granted that I would figure something out. I couldn’t find a recipe anywhere. I just decided to make a stew. I was just lucky it turned out good. I didn’t even think about what a fiasco New Years dinner could of been if the dish flopped. Wooh sometime luck is on your side.

  3. This looks wonderful!! I never had the opportunity to try Bear Stew, I am sure it would be an experience.

    • It was an experience. Bears in Sweden are protected and not allowed to be hunted under normal circumstances. This was a rare delicacy. Thanks for your checking out my blog.

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