This is an adaptation of a traditional beef stew, with consideration given to the flavor of wild meat in the seasonings. For anyone out there who has access to wild venison, caribou or otherwise, this is a great stew recipe. We have it nearly every week in the winter time.
For the slow cooker recipe swap challenge, I chose to share one of my favorite comfort recipes--Caribou stew. We are blessed with the ability to enjoy this sweet, beautiful red meat, as my guys go to the North Slope to hunt caribou at least every other year. For us, it is a way of life, and really the only red meat that we eat. My DH is a very spiritual hunter, and I am so proud of how he is teaching our boys to treat the harvest with such gratitude and respect. When the hunters arrive home with the harvested caribou, I am honored to be part of processing the meat. Nothing is wasted, and we work day and night to handle the meat with care. We never use a processing service, as we feel strongly that it our responsiblity to care for the animals that have given their lives to put protein in our freezer. Yes, when my DH hunts, he takes the animals that "offer" themselves, and we treat them with respect and love, from field dressing to table. It is with this love and respect that I developed this recipe, one that our family enjoys nearly every week.
We are very blessed to be able to enjoy caribou, and are thankful for the bounty offered. For me, caribou stew is total comfort food!