Well Happy Saturday You Fabulous Smoked Cookies and Here Is To Spring!!!
Today I smoked some camel burgers - my favorite "burger meat" so far I'll add - and so I hope that you enjoy my post today!!
With pistachio shells as "smoking chips," I used my little gas smoker...
And went out today looking for "Tunisian" olive oil!
(Whenever trying a new food, I seek out Tunisian olive oil, as it is mild and yet has flavor in the finish - thus not overwhelming the meat or fish, and allowing me to taste what it really tastes like.
Whereas my olive oil is usually a VERY flavorful one from Greece or unfiltered Sicilian Italian or even an Israeli one, but when doing any "first" (as camel today for me was) I seek Tunisian oil, and even found today's at Walmart of all places - and the ingredients are pure, and it cost just under 5 dollars! (I'm going back to get the 20 dollar HUGE CAN on Monday mind you, as it was THAT GOOD)!
The camel meat I procured here came frozen and so I thawed that...
And I wanted to use up asparagus, yellow little tomatoes (mixed with fresh tarragon and raw shallot)...
And so I shaped a pound of burger meat...
And loaded up those pistachio shells instead of smoking chips...
And then walked away and let it smoke 20 minutes - WHICH WAS FIVE MINUTES TOO LONG - but it was still fantastic and I now know better with the timing!
I splashed a lighter balsamic vinegar (not an aged/syrupy one but not bad either) and the Tunisian oil (with great effort NOT to over power my first camel bite with condiments and their aura) - intentionally just so - and added smoked asparagus - having used a "spray can of olive oil" for the grill grates that I placed on the smoker...
And I ground pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper over it all...
And some sprigs of fresh tarragon...
And despite the cooking time being too much for me, (anyone following my rants knows that I like my meat COLD in the middle and that 'rare' is not raw enough, and so medium rare is just dry; today's meat emerged medium rare and was DELIGHTFUL albeit cooked too long.
My husband now has an assignment, GO GET MORE CAMEL BURGER!!!!!!!!
I love it!
The flavor is mild and I suggest doing it with MILD MILD condiments versus aged Balsamic etc; as there is such mild taste that you will miss it if drowning and dowsing it with tons!
I love llama burgers which are VERY muttony in flavor and very deep, dense, fatty in flavor, and I somehow expected that today but indeed the camel is MILD MILD MILD - no heavy flavor - but LOVELY and healthy and juicy and NOT dry by any stretch, not even when overcooked today.
Next time - tartare! Smiles. Or just cooked less, but aside from a little extra time out there, this was amazing!
My dogs adored it too! (They LOVE llama burgers yet acted just as excited - really scraping the bowl - for these too). ERGO: A good meat!
I like to think that I add some "love" to my food, and despite how very simple that it is.
My husband says that I add "Viagra" to meals, and so perhaps I did marry the right well match?
However, while I'd love to say that our "meal" lasts four hours; I think we gobble every day's dinner in more like four minutes or such - we're 'good eaters' and yet the flavor is not at all lost to say the least!
OK, so thumbs up for camel burger! My newly acclaimed "second favorite food!" Next time, more raw, but otherwise, how indeed magnificent!
Thanks for sharing in my weekend!!!!!!!
Cheers! - Leah