Our freezer is full! After getting into elk the last five times Roy was in this one particular area (pictured below), he was finally able to make a clean shot at one. We are so happy, relieved, and thankful!
A fine, wintry day to pack out an elk.
The evening Roy harvested the elk, he packed out one of the quarters and the back straps and tenderloins. The next morning, Roy, his dad, and I set out to pack out rest of the meat. With three of us, we were able to pack it all out in just one trip, which was nice as it was a little over 3 miles in. Although when we were going out with our packs loaded, all of it was downhill, so it was a pretty easy hike…even with the wintry winds! I also kept thinking how much easier it was than had he shot one 6+ miles back at the previous spot he was hunting during archery season.
Rainy, chilly days call for comfort food. It is technically spring (although it hasn’t really felt like it), so we weren’t feeling like a hearty stew. But a warm, toasted, cheesy, meat-and-veggie-filled sandwich? Yes, please!
Roy and I had a discussion about the title. I wanted to do a name-take on the classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Originally I had Montana Cheese Steak Sandwich…but that didn’t have a nice ring to it. I kept throwing out different possibilities, but then Roy suggested since antelope are more prairie like creatures, why not Prairie Cheese Steak Sandwich. And so it is!
I originally called this dish a stir fry, but it’s not really a stir-fry by technical definitions. I didn’t use a wok. It wasn’t cooked quickly. There was not smoke or splashing oil involved. It was rather tame in the kitchen. More of a sauté, stir a bit, and simmer until thickened. So I’m calling it a “bowl.”
But whatever you want to call it, the end result was delicious! I always say that, though, don’t I?? But this time, I have Roy’s words to back it up! His words were something along the lines of, “That’s definitely a top 5 meal!” Yup, top 5.