(I find the timing of this post ironic only because we are in the process of making new friends (woot!) who are vegetarian and I am learning a lot about it. This post in no way is meant to offend vegetarians in any way. If you have any aversion to wild game or are lacking a sick sense of humor I also suggest straying away from this post. Check out this awesome Twix Tart instead! )
When I was 6 or 7 years old my father pulled in from a hunting trip. It was cold outside and he told me to come out and see what he has shot. I put on my nice cream colored jacket and walked out to the back of my father’s pickup truck where I found a freshly gutted button buck ready to be taken to the butcher. My father proceeded to tell me he had shot Bambi, then making it sing and dance; even sticking out its tongue at one point. And at 6 or 7 years old I did not run off into the night crying – actually – I kind of giggled.
Now, 99.9% of people reading this are probably thinking “WTF! Who would do that to their little girl?” but really, it’s a funny story, a funny memory and I smile when I think about it. Tells you a lot about me and my family – we ain’t right.
Why tell you this story now?
My boyfriend calls a little while back and says “I have a surprise for you!” To which I explained that surprises were better when the surprisee didn’t know about them ahead of time.
“No, I want you thinking about this one all night. I got us a freezer full of meat; deer, boar, and buffalo.”
Once again, 99.9% of you are thinking “WTF?? Who would call a girl and say such a thing?” But that day, my heart grew 3 sizes. My man knows me and a freezer full of meat really was a great surprise.
Last night I made my first Bambi Burgers and tonight I used the leftovers to make tacos. Yummm.
A la Me
- 1 ½ lb fresh ground venison (I had ground chuck)
- 6 pieces bacon, cooked and finely diced
- 1 tbs Worsteshire sauce
- ½ teas salt
- ½ teas black pepper
- ¼ teas garlic salt
- 1 teas Montreal Hamburger Seasoning *not sure if I like this stuff or not yet*
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- Hamburger buns and toppings of choice
Preheat your grill. We used charcoal and honestly I’d be ok with it if the gas grill never worked again.
Place patties and cook 5 minutes and then flip and cook for another 4. The timing here is going to do with how well done you like your meat. I am a rare kind of person and it was really windy out so the grill didn’t have an intense heat going.
Serve on buns with toppings of your choice.
I crumpled the leftovers in a skillet, added 1/3 cup water and taco seasonings.
I am not sure at this point in life that I can go back to boring old ground beef.