What red meat? Texas antelope. Originating in India and migrating into Central Africa, some savvy Texans imported antelope to central and south Texas where they feast on grass and brush, not grain.
"Oh, but it tastes gamey," some who never tasted the "it" will object, just as they do whenever they are asked about trying some venison, boar, elk, ostrich, and buffalo.
The Motley Monk likes them all because they aren't "gamey" if one knows what one is doing with the meat.
LESSON #1: The "gamey" taste comes from the fat that's stored, for example, wild animals whose diet is exclusively grain. Gamey. It's also associated with wild animals that have spent their lifetimes confronting predatory threats which force them to run and build muscle tissue. Gamey and tough. Older wild animals also taste gamey. Forget it. Lean, younger wild animals don't have that flavor.
With Texas having a dry, hot climate, its antelopes are leaner and milder-tasting compared to those who live in more humid, cool climates and, thus store more fat. Better yet, the Texas antelopes whose meat is available for purchase online live on ranches. Thus, their meat is tenderer because they don't have to contend with predatory threats, literally, by "running for their lives."
Antelope is a lean, red meat that's calorically similar to chicken breast. It's also more health benefits than beef.
Chef Fearings' antelope steak, which he says tastes like "a heartier strip steak," is dressed with a smokey paprika vinaigrette. Here's how to prepare it:
Cooking it medium-rare over a grill is almost a must. That's where that
whole flavor of Texas comes in. I also think that glazing it with a type of
sweetener is really good. Brushing it with molasses, a barbecue sauce,
sorghum, maple, enhances the game meat.
Fearing also can "French it up" with a red wine sauce and some shaved truffles.
Like meat but fear the cholesterol? Try eating your way to cardiological health with some antelope meat! Doing so will also give the PETA folks and vegans conniption fits, making it a "two-fer."
Let the discussion begin...
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