Gavin’s Caribou Strips
Gavin is Helen’s brother-in-law. We have watched a strange phenomenon develop through the years. We used to exchange recipes with sisters and sisters-in-law but nowadays it is just as likely to be one of the males in the family who has just found or produced a great recipe. This hors d’oeuvre is a winner. We have even served it to the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
- 2 lbs. caribou strips, approximately 1/2 by 2 ½ inches 1 kg (1 x 6 cm)
- 1 cup flour 250 mL
- 2 tsp. Dymond Lake Seasoning or 1 tsp. (5mL) each of seasoned salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil 60 mL
- 2 tbsp. butter OR margarine 30 mL
Garlicky Wine Marinade
- 2 cups dry red wine 500 mL
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce 30 mL
- 1/2 tsp. dry mustard 2 mL
1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients and add the caribou strips. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight if more convenient.
2. Mix the flour and seasoning. Dredge (shake in flour until completely coated) the drained caribou strips in the flour and sauté (fry quickly, stirring constantly over high heat to seal in the juices) in the oil and butter, a handful at a time, until nicely browned. You may have to add more oil and butter.
3. Serve with wooden toothpicks.
Makes 8 dozen strips.
These are delicious on their own but also taste great with a very simple dipping sauce made with 1 ¼ cup (60 mL) of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce mixed with 1 ¼ cup (60 mL) peach or apricot jam! Enjoy!
This is the first in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post one a week so make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!
Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.
— Jeanne Reimer