Old West Recipes Archives

Chuckwagon: Buffalo Stew For An Army

Buffalo StewBuffalo Stew For An Army:

2 large size buffalo

Lots of brown gravy

Cut buffalo into bite size pieces. This may take up to two months.

Put in a very large pot and add enough gravy to cover the meat.
Add vegetables as desired.

Cook stew over a fire for about 4 weeks at 400 degrees.

Periodically add water and stir.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Pie Plant Pie

Pie Plant Pie3 cups pie plant (rhubarb)
1 cup sugar 
1 tablespoon full flour 
1 teaspoon full butter
Pie crust for top and bottom

Wash pie plant, do not skin; cut into small pieces.

Mix sugar and flour well with pie plant.

Place in crust, dot with butter and cover with upper crust.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Fried Cakes

Fried CakesHere is a great treat whether you are a cowboy on a cattle drive; a member of a family on your way west; or spending the evening watching TV.  Obviously today you need to substitute an oil that builds less cholesterol than rendered beef fat.  Sprinkling the Fried Cakes with sugar can make them a great dessert.                                               

Fried Cakes

 Mix well with fork 1-½ cups of flour and 1 cup water.  With plenty of flour on hands and rolling surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness.  Cut into 2-inch squares.  Heat rendered beef fat in skillet, and add dough squares.  Brown on both sides.  Sprinkle fried cakes with salt.  Makes about 20 cakes.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon – Curing Bacon

For curing bacon you will need one peck salt to five hundred pounds pork.  To five gallons water add:

4 pounds salt

1 pound sugar

1 pint molasses

 Mix, and after sprinkling the fleshy side of the ham with the salt, pack in a tight barrel.  Hams first, then shoulders, and middlings.  Pour over the brine; leave the meat in brine from four to seven weeks.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Curing Bacon

Chuckwagon: Spotted Pup Pudding

Spotted Pup PuddingTo make Spotted Pup Pudding, take whatever amount needed for hungry cowboys of fluffy, cooked rice.  Put in Dutch oven and cover with milk and well-beaten eggs.  Add a dash of salt; raisins and a little nutmeg.  Sweeten well with sugar.  Add raisins and a little nutmeg and vanilla.  Bake in slow oven until egg mixture is done and raisins soft. 

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

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