Stampede Meats at Home
This thread may get moved but I need people who are familiar with the Calgary Stampede to see it.
I'm hosting my Dinner Club soon and the chosen theme is Calgary Stampede EXCEPT nothing can be deep fried. Thank goodness I'm only required to focus on Main dishes (meaning meat)! I thought about smoked turkey legs, beef on a bun and hot beef sundaes but I'd like to kick it up a notch, using CS as inspiration and creativity but not so literally. Problem is.. I'm not that creative!
Any suggestions by CS food experts would be appreciated!
My post got moved from my regional area so some of you may be reading this saying 'what's the Calgary Stampede'?. It's our local fair but on a big scale, attracting 1000s of tourist's annually. Rodeo, chuckwagon races, and agriculture are a big focus of it, as well as the usual midway and fair foods. Lots of drinking and dancing going on around the city for the 10 days that runs. This is year the 100th Anniversary so it's the theme for our Dinner Club this time.
I need some 'fair food' turned up a notched. Our Club isn't fancy but we do like to challenge the status quo for sure.
If any friends have ideas I'd appreciate any ideas.
Just reread your post, and I think I missed the point, (too early in the morning, something I should remember) which is you're not looking to reproduce Stampede food, rather use the Stampede as inspiration.
So, here are a couple of suggestions
With some trepidation, I suggest "Last Place Chuckwagon Chili" using horsemeat.
Or how about " Roped and Tied Veal Chops"
And for the record, never had horse meat, but love veal.
Last year they had that gross concoction, the glazed donut bacon cheeseburger. A kid was eating one in the stands at the rodeo and was clearly enjoying it so much, licking the wrapping for about five minutes to get every last molecule, that no one in the area was watching the rodeo, only the kid. It was comical.
You could always toss some corn dogs in the oven, though they are much less healthy, and tastier, when deep fried.
Cowtown Beef shack has smoked beef in the Stampede style (as opposed to Montreal style), that is pretty tasty. He'd probably cut you a deal on quantity.