Sauteed Reindeer Recipes (2 Variations)

Basic Traditional Sauteed Reindeer


1 kg meat for sauteed reindeer
2 Tsp butter or margarine
1 dl water
2 tsp salt

Melt the butter or margarine in a pot. You will get a stronger taste if you use reindeer fat. Put the meat into the pot in small quantities at a time, thaw and brown. When all the meat has thawed and browned, add the water and salt. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer under the lid for about 10-30 minutes. Serve with the buttered mashed potatoes.

There are many opinions about the simmering time. It's worth trying out longer simmering times, though: 2-3 hours in the oven at 125-150'C.

Usually hubby and I just let it simmer in the pot for about 2 hours. Make sure, though, that you should add more enough water so that the meat is not dry (not too much water, not too little) and for the last 30 minutes you can add beer to make it really tender.

Other Variation for Sauteed Reindeer

In addition to the basic ingredients above, add these:

200 gr blue cheese
1 onion
5 juniper berries
20 green peppercorns
2 dl cream
20 pickled onions

Start by making the sauteed reindeer as in the basic traditional recipe, but brown the chopped onion at the same time. Add the blue cheese when the meat begins to simmer. Add the cream and pickled onions when the meat has almost finished simmering.

Bon apetit!!!