Massaman Wild Elk Curry; Slow Crock Pot Version

Here’s the kill.

Elk Kill

Not quite a year ago (that’s my brother Dave, who spent the night here Tuesday, on business), and I still have some in the freezer. This is the very last of the steaks—it’s ground meat and sausage from here out. I’ve done sous vide and a few other ways, but I’m using the last of the steaks for Massaman Curry. He’s headed to Montana next week, and so hopefully I’ll be replenished.

First, you need massaman curry paste. I get mine from local Asian markets, like 99 Ranch. But what the hell, Matt Stone makes his own and that’s a value you can tap into no matter what. Or, you can get it online, and that product is basically the same as I get at the market.

I’ve blogged about numerous massaman dishes over the years—it being about my favorite taste in the world—but this is the first time I’ve done it in a crock pot. I have, in the past, added a dollop of massaman paste to something like a pot roast just to get un certain je’ ne sais quoi sort of deal, but this is full blown. After you have secured the curry paste, you need meat. While this is wild elk, you can also use beef, lamb, probably even goat.

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Wild Elk, Henckels Cut

You’re best off browning it and my preferred method of browning is with ghee, lard / bacon drippings, or coconut oil in a wok, which facilitates tossing, so you don’t have to turn.

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Browning wild elk in coconut oil, in a wok

Works great; no mess, done in a couple of minutes.

OK, so never having done it this way, I was looking primarily for meat that’s spoon tender. Beatrice and I go to Thai restaurants now and then and massaman beef is almost always one of the dishes we have. We are very, very particular about the tenderness of the meat and if we get a tough batch—no matter how tasty the sauce—we won’t be back.

So to make sure the meat is going to be very tender, the crock pot is ideal. The browned meat went in, along with about 1-2 cups of beef stock, 2 cans of coconut milk, and 2 whopping, heaping tablespoons of curry paste. Oh, and yea, 2 small handfulls of “blister” peanuts from Trader Joe‘s. Massaman is simply not complete without the peanuts, but TJ’s has this brand made in the old fashioned way: soaked for a long time before roasting, the better way to ancestrally prepare legumes.

That spent an hour on high, and then from about 1pm until dinner at 7, on low.

The other things you need: onion sliced into wedges, white sweet potato, and carrots. You can add a bit of Thai fish sauce too, but I never bother. However, these things don’t need to be added until the final hour of cooking. That way, they will still be firm, but tender.

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Oh, yea, I had a smidgen of red bell pepper from the liver recipe the other day, so I chopped finely and put that in for some added color.

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Artsy-Fartsy version-iPhone 5

The rice is jasmine, i.e., Thai rice. For the 2 cups of dry rice, I used 2 cups of beef stock and 2 cups of water in the rice cooker.

…Well, it’s just about time for lunch leftovers, as the rice cooker is still keeping the rice warm & ready and hot massaman curry is only a nuking away. So, if you’ll excuse me…

Another post on Anarchy “at home and in your spare time” is coming up later this afternoon, and I’m having a very fun time putting these together. …Incidentally, no State was involved in the making of this dish.


  1. William on October 25, 2012 at 18:42

    Other than domesticated venison from New Zealand, elk from eastern Oregon is best meat I have ever tasted. By the way, your curry dish has me licking my chops!

  2. paleo police officer on October 26, 2012 at 00:53

    looks nice, but is it paleo? i mean peanuts?

    • LeonRover on October 26, 2012 at 02:35


      PeaNuts, PeeNuts

      “faux-Paleo”, “fuck Paleo”.

      Ah has been “lacto-tuberoso-leguminoso-paleo” fo’ 40 years befo’ Codain’s simplicities!

      Way to go, Rich.


  3. paleo police officer on October 26, 2012 at 02:59

    LR, it’s Mrs. PPO to you cunt. I spend my days and nights searching for non-paleo ingredients in paleo dishes and exposing them for the neolithic agents they are. I’m the paleo bloggers worst nightmare dude!

    • LeonRover on October 26, 2012 at 05:03

      Yeah, right, “me cunt, you prick”.

  4. paleo police officer on October 26, 2012 at 03:05

    Paleo bloggers everywhere be warned. Paleo Police Officer is watching the recipes on your blog! She is ruthless. She pulls no punches. She’s a lean, mean, paleo machine.

    • LeonRover on October 26, 2012 at 05:11

      So yr full name is Pussy Paleo Police Officer – otherwise ThreePeeOh , a well known character from Rats Wars.

  5. EF on October 26, 2012 at 07:12

    I assume the coconut milk did not break down after cooking that long? I hesitate putting coconut milk in the crock for long periods of time for that reason.

  6. Pauline on October 26, 2012 at 07:45

    Going to try this, my partners Dutch parents were born in Indonesia, anything with a great peanut curry coconut sauce will go down well.

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