Here is an ingredient you may not have come across: elk. I chose to use it in developing a party menu of WILD ingredients, and though unfamiliar, it turned to be somewhat familiar. Cooking elk is quite simple. Elk tenderloin medallions can be treated just like filet mignon. Do not overcook it! This recipe calls for a quick grill then a slicing of the meat for sliders—with accoutrement: bacon, a gouda-style cheese from Ireland, and bitter radicchio and topped with Creamy Old-Style Mustard Dip (also seen in our exotic sausage recipe). To preserve all the wonderful juices, be sure to flip the tenderloins with tongs, instead of a fork.
You can order elk, and other exotic meats from Fossil Farms, where we purchased the sausages as well. See more at this link. And if you are intrigued at the idea of using wild and foraged ingredients, see our entire party menu, Exotic & Foraged.
MAKES 24 SLIDERS
MAKE THE CREAMY OLD-STYLE MUSTARD DIP
1/2 CUP sour cream
1/2 CUP Maille Dijon Old-Style mustard
4 TB Maille Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Breitsamer Honig Forest Honey
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
COOK THE BACON
8 slices bacon
In the microwave, place 4 slices of bacon between paper towels. Cook for about 1 min per slice (start with 3 min to see if crispy). Cut (or snap!) each slice into 3 parts.
GRILL THE ELK
4 elk medallions
s + p
Let meat come to room temperature before cooking elk. Generously season with s + p. Grill 1 1/2 min on each side. Let meat rest before cutting into 1/4-inch slices.
ASSEMBLE THE elk medallion SLIDERS
24 Martin’s Party Size Potato Rolls
Kerrygold Blarney Castle gouda-style cheese
mustard cream sauce
radicchio castillo franco, trimmed to fit on the rolls
Slice rolls in half and add a slice of cheese to the bottom. Place under broiler for 1 min (or less, watch!) to melt the cheese.
Slather mustard onto top of the roll. On top of the cheese, add bacon, two slices of elk, and 3 radicchio leaves. Close roll, and push together.
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