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Reindeer: It's What's for Dinner

Despite rumors that Bojangles, North Carolina's fast-food underdog, was finally rolling out their revolutionary reindeer nuggets this month, that has not come to pass.

However, other restaurants are disregarding convention (and the cries of children) as they opt to roast Rudolph rather than sing about his


This Christmas, Arizona restaurateur

Payton Curry is looking to top his Easter success (when he offered an

all-bunny menu). So this Yuletide, he's cooking caribou -- that's our

North American version of reindeer -- which tastes similar to elk and


At his Caffe Boa in

Tempe, Curry will start you on caribou tartare.

Then comes caribou tongue bruschetta with pickled watermelon radish and

horseradish cream. There's caribou sausage, caribou Bolognese pasta,

and caribou-filled tortellini. 

In Sweden, they

sell reindeer

salami at Ikea! After all, the nomadic Sami people from

Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Russia have been making meatballs from

Donner and Blitzen for centuries. 


hash, with strips of frozen Cupid (or Comet), mashed potatoes, and

lingonberry jam, is quite popular with Arctic Circlers. Smoked reindeer

dishes are big in Finland as well. 


fact, those Laplanders know how to do Dasher up quite divinely, as the

following recipe attests:

Finnish Sauteed Reindeer (Poronkaristys)


six reindeer-hating heathens.

800 grams sliced

reindeer (poronkäristysliha) 

50 grams butter 
3 deciliters beer

small onions 

1 ½ tsp salt 
3 tbs flour 

tsp ground black or white pepper 

Brown the

sliced reindeer meat and chopped onions in butter, preferably in a cast

iron casserole pot. Season the meat with salt and pepper and add the

flour, stir. Add the beer and stir again.

Place the lid on top of the pot and allow to simmer at a low heat for

approximately one hour. 

Serve the Sautéed

Reindeer hot together with mashed potatoes, lingonberry jam, pickled

beetroots, and pickled cucumbers.

Lie to the

kids and dig in.

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