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7 steps for delicious bacon wrapped elk

Recipes from Nathan Slovatizki

Elk meatballs wrapped in bacon and dipped in ranch dressing

We worked with renowned chef, Nathan Slovatizki, to create a few wild game recipes for the offseason. Here’s the perfect meal to prepare for a holiday season get together or while watching a football game.

Giant and delicious bacon wrapped elk recipe

Lorenzo Sartini New Mexico archery bull elk

For this recipe, I used some of Lorenzo Sartini's meat from the management bull elk he shot with his bow on a hunt with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and their Team Elk TV show last year.

Bacon wrapped elk ingredients
* Makes 12 servings
1 package Thin sliced bacon
½ pound Elk backstrap or round cut into half inch cubes
1 8 oz. piece Pepper jack cheese cut into a half inch cubes or 
any melting cheese i.e. cheddar, smoked gouda, mozzarella.
1 8 oz. can Whole water chestnuts cut into quarters
1 12 oz. can Pickled jalapeno rings
2 teaspoons Your favorite seasoning (like Morton Season-All or Lawry's Seasoned Salt)
½ teaspoon Kosher salt

 

Ranch dressing ingredients
1 package Ranch dressing
16 oz. Sour cream

 

Quick tip

Thin bacon strips are easier to work with

  • Thinner bacon slices are easier to work with.

Directions

Step 1

Thin strips of bacon ready for ingredients

Allow bacon to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes to 1 hour so it's easier to work with. Then lay bacon strips on a cutting board.

Cutting elk meat into small chunks

Cut elk meat into half inch cubes and cut cheese into half inch cubes.

Step 2

Lay ingredients on bacon slice then roll

Place a piece of elk meat, cheese, water chestnut and jalapeno on each strip of bacon.

Rolling bacon around ingredients

Continue wrapping bacon around ingredients

Begin to roll and rotate every couple of inches so that the filling is well wrapped with bacon.

Finished wrapping elk meat and bacon

If needed add another half slice of bacon to cover up holes.

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Step 3

Place in fridge for one to two hours to allow the bacon a chance to firm up and the filling a chance to cool down before frying. You want everything nice and cold. The bacon will hold together better when cold and the cheese will melt at a slower rate.

Step 4

Add package of ranch dressing

Stir in sour cream

While bacon is in the fridge, make your ranch dip with the instructions on the bag.

Step 5

Lowering elk meatballs wrapped in bacon into fryer

Removing elk meatballs wrapped in bacon from fryer

Fry the bacon wrapped elk in a preheated 350 degree fryer for two to three minutes until lightly golden brown. 

Step 6

Place elk meatballs wrapped in bacon in oven

Place in oven at 375 degrees right after frying and bake for three to five minutes.

Step 7

Finished elk meatballs wrapped in bacon recipe

Place a pick into the center of the bacon wrapped elk and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving with the ranch dressing. Enjoy!

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4 Comments

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Stuart E. - posted 2 years ago on 02-05-2017 04:20:51 pm
Fort Wayne, IN

I just made these for a super bowl appetizer. They were deeeeelicious! I for one enjoy bacon and elk in equal amounts. Use bigger pieces of meat and fry a little longer than 3 minutes. Awesome idea

Ricky S. - posted 2 years ago on 02-03-2017 05:25:04 pm

That was awesome. It turned out great frying it in a pan. Forgot to mention I used oryx backstrap I did not have any elk so delicious. I hope you keep posting these recipes. when you hunt and end up with a lot of meat you need other ways to cook it besides just straight up

Ricky S. - posted 2 years ago on 02-03-2017 02:44:09 pm

I am trying this recipe tonight. Let you know how it goes. I don't have a deep fryer. So I'm going to fried in a pan and then to the oven.

Darin H. - posted 2 years ago on 12-26-2016 04:06:16 pm

Why do people feel the need to wrap delicious game meat with bacon or other flavors? I don't get it.
If you're looking for the taste of bacon, eat bacon.