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Favorite pre-made meals
The reheating thread got me thinking - what are your favorite pre-made meals to reheat in elk base camp?
My three faves are shrimp fettucini alfredo, venison stroganoff, and smoked baby back ribs.
Venison or beef stroganoff, Mac and cheese with ham chunks, Venison Stew!! Shawn
Pronghorn Jalapeño cheddar sausage breakfast burritos for breakfast. Johnsonville brats boiled in PBR and lightly grilled for lunch. Elk stew, elk meatball sandwiches, venison chili, and chicken/venison fajitas are a few dinner favorites.
Spaghetti with meat sauce, homemade chicken and noodles (yes, I make my own noodles, too), smoked brisket (got one on the smoker right now), linguinie with shimp, garlic, and artichoke hearts sauteed in evoo.
I just made a couple these this morning.
Apple smoked chicken breast (diced), green beans and flavored rice
So I presume these are truck camp meals...........
If I'm truck camping, I'm eating burgers and brats. Easy as heck to make and they always hit the spot. Last Sept, I also made up pork chops with cream of mushroom soup. A few pork chops really hit the spot after a long day of hunting. And if you have a microwave, you can nuke a potato and pour the cream of mushroom soup/gravy onto the potato.
My wife is a professional caterer so I get to contribute her favorites to elk camp. Her special shrimp, sausage, chicken gumbo over rice, pork medallions in sour cream mushroom gravy and King Ranch chicken. She also makes a killer chili we put over rice. This year we are bringing a Dutch oven specialist with us as a bonus. Just gained 3 lbs. thinking about it.
TriTip chili w/ onions and cheese topping and BBQ chicken with garlic mashed potatoes. I look forward to my evening meal after hunting all day. Whoever the guy was that figured out the freeze and boil is my hero.
Ike, I do that too with burgers, brars, and pork chops, but if I'm solo and getting back to camp an hour after dark and getting back up at 4:30 a.m. I often don't feel like a big cooking/grilling effort (although now that I'm doing Sous Vide I'll have some burgers bagged and ready to sear.) I'd rather boil up a bag of stroganoff while changing clothes and getting organized for the next morning.
Don't you hate it trying to cook and choke down dinner in time to get settled down and to bed knowing you will be up in just a few hours.......and every second is another you can't get back........
I really got no favorites because I don't discriminate. But, many of my precooked meals consist of canned Boston butt, with onions, Garlic, carrots, and a couple potato wedges. By myself, a quart jar feeds two nights. If there are several of us, I can this meal in a 1/2 gallon jar. I also can brats and Italian sausages with onions and potato's. And, homemade soup or chili.
Vacuum sealed meals consist of cooked brats and white rice, Chicken thighs and spanish rice, and baked spaghetti.
Doesn't matter what it is, i use a 5 quart pot filled with water, drop the meals in after coming to a boil, and heat them until hot.
Ancho pork belly tacos with ancho pineapple, avocados and pickled onions are a favorite.
So is a carbonnade, made by slow cooking meat in belgian ale for hours. See Hank Shaw's magnificent game cookbook, Buck Buck Moose.
Both have been big hits on hunting trips.
Man, I've been disillusioned all these years!! I thought you serious hunters all quit eating meat two weeks before and during your hunts so you don't "smell" like a predator? Also, I see a lot of "garlic" on the menus, sounds like "bad breath", too much for the chlorophyl gum to take care of? I don't feel SO incompetent any more!
Just to touch on the idea of having to slam dinner down at 9pm before getting up to do it again. I started eating a HUGE meal in camp around 2 pm. When I get done hunting I just have a little snack and some cocktails. Try it. You'll never mess with dinner in elk camp again
otc, my buddy did that last year on deer hunt and what a cool way to eat your big meal before the evening hunt and then magaritas and snacks before bed. Even got a nap in after lunch. I sound like i'm getting old.
If I ate a big meal at 2pm, Id be up crappin at 2am! :>)
Many of my evening elk hunts are sit/ambush to recover after pounding it hard in the a.m. I'm afraid if I gorged at 2 in the afternoon I'd be asleep at 6! But I'm going to try it this year and nap afterward and see if how it goes.