Bear Meat is common in many parts of the world, especially northern regions of Canada, Alaska, Russia, and Scandinavia, where it is a common dish in fine restaurants in Helsinki, Finland. Bear meat is sweeter than beef or horse due to the wild bear’s consumption of berries. It is somewhat comparable to pork in flavour. Bear is often hunted and eaten by hunters but it can be purchased as meat and also in restaurants. Brown or black bear are the most common forms eaten by humans, rather than endangered species. As with many other wild meats, it is important to thoroughly cook your bear meat to avoid any sickness. When properly cooked bear meat can be a healthy and tasty change to beef or horse.
Be sure to buy your bear steaks from an inspected butcher.
You should marinate your meat before cooking and make sure to cook it well. You can substitute bear meat in most recipes that ask for beef, horse, or pork.
Try this bear meat recipe at home:
Swedish Bear Meat Balls Au Gratin
3 lbs. ground bear meat
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup bread crumbs
3 tbsp. milk
1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
handful of walnuts
Mix it up and then make bear balls. Cook in olive oil in a frying pan. Add 4 tbsp. of flour and milk to make gravy and simmer for 1 hour. Grate cheese on top and sprinkle on walnuts. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy with a dry red wine.