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  • First meal after the harvest (story in comments)

     Sam updated 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Sam

    Member
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    First meal after the harvest (story in comments)

  • saucesandwich_

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    [I made a short video about the whole process here.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwxqqEBdIIc)

    This was the year that we lost my dad. It was also the year that I harvested my first deer after five years of trying. I grew up watching my dad hunt and was witness to the entire process from the forest, to the barn, and eventually to the dinner plate. He never forced it on me and as I became a teenager I grew disinterested. As an adult my appreciation of it returned along with my unease with concentrated animal feeding lots and the factory farm food system. But ultimately it was also a good excuse to get out in the woods with my dad as two adults even as I began to see his health begin to decline. He couldn’t come out the last two years but I persisted and kept him with me in my thoughts this season. I know he’d be smiling right now. This animal will be appreciated in the fullest sense of the word and I hope to transmit a sense of respect and responsibility that comes with it to my own two boys.

    The first meal I wanted to make was a [tribute to my dad and his Sicilian origins](https://youtu.be/HwxqqEBdIIc). Pani ca’ Meusa is a Sicilian sandwich traditionally made with stewed organ meats that get cooked over a long period of time in giant pots. It has become one of the most iconic foods in Palermo served at a handful of old school street vendors throughout the city. You’ll find them smothered in freshly grated caciocavallo cheese and served with a squeeze of lemon. The offal is typically spleen and lungs of a cow. Originally this was a sandwich designed for the poor but eventually, like other culinary feats of frugality and ingenuity, it has become widely popularized thanks in part to food fanatics like Palermo Street Food.

    For months leading up to this year’s deer hunting season I had been dreaming up different recipes in anticipation. I didn’t want anything to go to waste. What came to me was a spin on the classic Pani ca’ Meusa but instead of using the traditional offal I would instead focus the sandwich on the deer heart. The heart was broken down into several beautiful steaks which were marinated with olive oil, garlic, homemade plum vinegar, salt and pepper. I then grilled them quickly on a hot grill and sliced them super thin, smothered them in grated caciocavallo from Jersey Girl Cheese and delivered them on my homemade sesame sourdough rolls. The concept, which I’m calling [Pani ca’ Cori](https://youtu.be/HwxqqEBdIIc), is distinctly Sicilian but it takes on new meaning with the notable addition of the deer heart.

  • endlessloads

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    That’s awesome man. Congratulations on your first deer. Glad you had such a powerful experience after the old man died. I’m sure he was with you in spirit.

  • Dragonbob1234

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Amazing story. The last picture looks like you never told the olive garden waiter to stop putting cheese. Great stuff.

  • TaterrrTot3

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Uhm. This looks delicious! Love the video. Is there a recipe listed anywhere?

  • cdl56

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Amazing story. My dad lost his dad really young and I know it was hard for him to continue to hunt. I’m an only child and I’m not gonna lie, I felt that my dad forced hunting on me. As a early teen, there was nothing I wanted to do less than wake up at 5am on the weekends and “waste” the whole day freezing my ass off outside. Don’t get me wrong, if I told my dad I didn’t want to hunt anymore he would have understood, but I just could never do that to him.

    Now, as I approach 26 and him 50, I can see my dad slowing down and it scares me. We just finished our 7th (adult) deer season together in NY, and every year I get a little more sad when it’s over. It’s my time to be forced to just slow down and get to spend a little time with my dad. I know one day he won’t be able to hunt like he used to, and maybe one day not at all. I hope I can make him proud like you have your dad by continuing the sport he loved. He was there with you, 100%.

  • kyfkyf

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Cool way of lining those pics up!

  • Tim_Riggins07

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Great “as they lay” photo! r/hunting needs to take notes.

  • TheFallenSaintx918x

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Really digging your vids

  • HarryButtwhisker

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Props dude, all around.

  • chefforshort

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    This is awesome!

  • Andrewpologie

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Amazing composition on the pics! And great use of good food! 😁

  • hugeneral647

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious!!

  • Hwestfall81

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Amazing story, your father is undoubtedly very proud of you!

  • GoldenMilitaryRation

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    This is beautiful

  • ho_merjpimpson

    Guest
    December 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    man, personally i think using the heart for a sandwich is a waste of the best part of a deer, but it looks like you had a good reason to do so.

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