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HOW TO MAKE TASTY CAMPFIRE KANGAROO STEW

Kangaroo meat is a great, healthy alternative to pork and beef. It’s lean and has significantly less trans fat compared to other meat types. Slow cooking is a great way to prepare this meat because it will be tough to eat if cooked otherwise. One slow cooking recipe you can try is campfire kangaroo stew. Here’s how you make it.

INGREDIENTS:

For a recipe that’s good for eight servings, you need the following ingredients:
• 500gm kangaroo fillets
• 1 cup plain flour
• 100g tomato paste
• 3 medium sized potatoes, diced
• 2 carrots, diced
• 2 celery sticks, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 white onion, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 2 litres beef stock
• 3 sprigs of thyme

DIRECTIONS:

1. To make campfire kangaroo stew, you first need to prepare the meat in a large bowl with flour and add some salt and pepper to season. Then, cut your kangaroo fillet into 2-inch cubes, and lightly coat each piece with the flour mixture.
2. Set your pot on the campfire with a medium-high temperature. Heat up some oil and add the kangaroo meat. Sear the meat pieces in the pot until they are brown. After which, take the kangaroo meat out of the pot and set this aside.
3. Using the same pot and oil you seared the meat with, add the onion and garlic. Saute these until the onion is about to soften. Then, add and mix the tomato paste and about two tablespoons of the flour mixture you used to coat your meat. Let this cook for about three minutes.
4. Next, pour in one cup of beef stock and deglaze the bottom of your pot. Stir this thoroughly until the sauce thickens.
5. Then, add the meat you set aside and some sprigs of thyme. Add the remainder of your beef stock and stir well.
6. Once the stew is well mixed, close the lid. Reset the campfire’s cooking temperature to low, and then let the stew simmer gently for about an hour.
7. Next, add in the carrots, potatoes and celery pieces to the stew. Make sure the sauce covers most of the vegetables, but if it doesn’t, add a bit of beef stock or water.
8. Cover the lid again and let the stew cook for another hour.

Your kangaroo stew is ready when the meat and vegetables are both tender. When your kangaroo stew is ready, remove it from the heat and serve it with rice or bread.

COOKING TIPS

• Before serving your kangaroo stew, always check if the meat is soft. If it’s not, let it cook some more because kangaroo meat that’s improperly cooked is tough, making it inedible.
• You can add a variety of vegetables to your stew. Go with whatever you like.

Apart from being healthy, kangaroo meat has a slightly gamey but tasty flavour. Somehow, eat meat with a slightly gamey taste adds to the experience of camping. This dish is tasty and filling, and it helps warm you up from the inside on cold evenings. The only downside is that kangaroo meat is now quite expensive because it became trendy. I remember the days when kangaroo meet was a dollar for a kilogram and was only considered good enough for pet food.

 


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.