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Caribou Stew
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Caribou Stew

Caribou is one of the staple ingredients in Nunavut cooking. It's classified as country food; or food from the land, and it's one of the only truly wild meats. Caribou is sometimes available at specialty meat shops across Canada or by special order directly from purveyors in Nunavut. Availability can vary from season to season, so if you can't find caribou, then elk, venison or beef can make a delicious substitute. Serve with Bannock.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2012

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Portion size 8 to 10


  • 1-1/2 lb 1-1/2lbboneless caribou stewing cubes or elk or venison or beef stewing cubes
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 2 2ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 1oniononions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupall-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2cupssodium-reduced beef broth
  • 1 cup 1cupred wine
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuptomato paste
  • 2 2bay leafbay leaves
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspdried thyme
  • 1 lb 1lbYukon Gold potatoYukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 2carrotcarrots, peeled and cubed
  • 2 2parsnipparsnips, peeled and cubed
  • 2 2turnipturnips, peeled and cubed
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Combine caribou, salt and pepper.

In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown caribou, in batches and turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plate.

Reduce heat to medium; cook celery and onion, stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Return caribou to pan; stir in 2 cups water, broth, wine, tomato paste, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

Stir in potatoes, carrots, parsnips and turnips; return to simmer.

Cover and cook until caribou and vegetables are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

Nutritional Information Per each of 10 servings: about

cal 208 pro 18g total fat 5g sat. fat 1g
carb 22g dietary fibre 3g sugar 5g chol 56mg
sodium 384mg potassium 671mg

% RDI:

calcium 5 iron 31 vit A 27 vit C 23
folate 18
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