Well, this stew wasn't a stretch for my crew. Nobody complained (or noticed?) that there were no dumplings - even though i was a little sad about that - and although i made a huge amount of stew, there weren't enough leftovers for more than two or three people.
Now the leftovers are in the freezer, and i'll write down the very easy recipe in case someone else needs it (or i want to find it again!)
Easy Paleo Moose Stew4-5 lbs moose
1/2 c. olive oil
3 stalks of celery
garlic (fresh or granulated)
freshly ground black pepper
seasoning salt if desired
You can also make this with beef! Or presumably elk, bison, deer, whatever you have :)
In a big pot, pour about a 1/2 c. olive oil.
While it is warming up, chop up 3-4 lbs of moose meat into biggish size pieces. If you chop too small, the little pieces of meat get hard, but larger sized chunks stay tender.
Also, chop up a big onion.
Cook up the onion in the olive oil. Add the beef. Season with pepper, garlic, seasoning salt (if you want! I used Costco's applewood seasoning salt), thyme, oregano, rosemary. (Or whatever spices you like)
While it cooks, stir occasionally so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot, but let it get nice and brown.
Peel and chop up 8 nice sized potatoes, and six biggish carrots, and dice three celery stalks.
Dump all veggies in at the same time and let them cook up a little with the meat.
Pour in about 8 cups of water - enough to cover all the meat and veggies, but only just. Add a couple bay leaves.
Bring to a nice boil, and let it cook on high for an hour or so, with the lid on to keep the moisture level from evaporating. If you're not pressed for time, turn heat down and let it cook longer....
Pour in a nice glug of red wine (brandy is nice, too).
Mix up good, and use a ladle to take out two cups of stew. Vitamix that stew till it's a nice and thick slurry. (Sorry to use that word in a recipe!)
Pour back in the "gravy", and stir up. Let cook with the lid off if it's too runny. It will thicken as the liquid evaporates.
Putting in the celery with the potatoes and carrots will make them go mushy and taste of meat. I like that. I love it when leeks or celery really take on the taste of the meat they are paired with.
Put stew on the table, pass around the bowls, thank God and dig in!