How To Make Red Dead Redemption 2's Bear Stew

Recreating food from video games is one of my favourite ways to kill time. Enter Red Dead Redemption 2 and their bear stew.

Binging With Babish is great to watch at any time of day, and it's especially good today since the channel has opted to recreate Rockstar's bear stew. Babish has cooked all of this over an open fire, just as Arthur Morgan would enjoy, using a mix of basic vegetables, rabbit meat, bear meat, thyme, garlic, salt, bay leaves, and venison (aka deer).

It's a base of beef stock and crushed tomatoes (4 cups and 2 cups respectively). There's no mushrooms, which is a huge fail in my book, but it's a neat stew that you could easily do on the stove or the pressure cooker. I'd also add a bit of rosemary, but that's because I grew up with lots of it and I'll have rosemary in everything. Including dessert.

Babish has remade food from video games and film before, including the turkish delight from the Chronicles of Narnia films, Freddy's ribs from House of Cards, Chef's salty chocolate balls from South Park, and Remy's critic-winning dish from Ratatouille.

God I'm hungry now.


    Babish has remade food from video games and film before

    My favourite understatement this month.

    He did a Zelda BOTW episode too.

    Such a relaxing show.

    Might have to make something like that. Maybe with beef, chicken, and 'roo meat as they're easier to get at Woolies.

    Wonder what the cost will be.

      You're looking at around $30 on the meat, depending on cuts and weights, and less than $10 on the vegetables. Probably another $6 on the beef stock and crushed tomatoes

        I'd steer clear of roo meat for this. Roo isn't great if it's anything but rare. What about stewed pork or pork belly? Can get a ton of that from Costco for a good price.

          Yeah good point with the roo meat, its pretty lean. Still, would be interesting to see if it meshed well. Pork Belly might counter it as well. and add some juiciness back to the roo meat. For a slow cook, pork would be better than chicken anyway. Love adding pork belly to whats effectively a veggie soup otherwise. It just melts by the end.

          Just thinking that if theres nothing truly gamey its just a stew hence thinking of roo meat. Exotic meats aren't that easy to come by down here, and I don't really want to have to travel to do it.

          If I could get camel meat though, that would really do the job. If you've never had it, it seems disgusting (like so many other meats), but having had it, its delicious. Surprisingly succulent.

          Either way, cant hurt to try. If it doesn't work, so be it, lesson learned.

    Just marinade the roo meat first and then cook it, normally that does the trick. Anyway off to gutt me a bear, gonna make the original!

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