Elk Chili and Crispy Onion Rings

Just trying to go through the elk in the freezer, this time it's ground though. I'm not as fond of the ground elk only because it has a really odd smell when you're cooking it. Definitely not one of my favorites. But on the bright side, it's very good in chili. I also made onion rings for the hell of it. I had a craving for something fried and figured I'd try this recipe out.

Elk Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb ground elk
15 oz can chili beans {high quality}
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 can ro-tel {I used hot with habaneros}

  • In a dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and butter and let brown lightly. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté until tender. Mix in the chili powder and salt.
  • Add the elk and cook for 9-10 minutes.
  • Once cooked, add the chili beans, tomato sauce and ro-tel. Stir everything and simmer for 30 minutes.

Crispy Onion Rings
Recipe from Food Wishes

2-3 onions, cut into 1/4 inch rings
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons instant potato flakes
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup cold club soda
2-3 cups panko
salt, to taste
vegetable oil for frying

  • Heat your oil to 350 degrees over medium-high heat.
  • Mix flour, cornstarch, potato flakes and cayenne together in a medium bowl. Add the club soda and let sit for about ten minutes.
  • Meanwhile pour the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and cut the onions into 1/4 inch rings.
  • Dip the onions in the wet batter and then coat them in the panko. Repeat until all onions are coated. 
  • Dip onions in batches into the hot oil. Fry for approximately 60-90 seconds per side. Be careful not to overcrowd the oil as this will make the rings less crispy.
My reason for making the chili is because we are grilling spicy sausages again. And as everyone knows, chili makes a great condiment. We also grilled corn on the cob which was super great, definitely doing that again. 



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