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Bob Lind, Published June 25 2012

Lind: Tiger meat on lefse?

Some people put sugar on their lefse. Or butter. Or honey. Or tiger meat.

Tiger meat? Yes, tiger meat, and Terry Olson, Fargo, says it’s good.

Terry used to live in Enderlin, N.D., where the Trio Bar, owned by A.D. and Elaine Stolz, held parties that Terry says featured “many items that we considered wonderful to eat,” provided by those attending.

The Pfaff family and their pals went to Duluth, Minn., and brought back smelt for the party, while Kenny Kellerman and others furnished the materials for a delicacy called “Rocky Mountain oysters.”

But Rodney Hartl and his “crew” put together a “wonderful concoction simply called tiger meat.” And the party was on.

“One of the favorite things I ate,” Terry says, “was lefse with tiger meat on it. I ate it often, as tiger meat was available at that time.”

Forum news editor Jay Ulku found on a website (cooksinfo.com) that tiger meat is a raw beef spread.

The site says “it is popular in states such as Minnesota and North Dakota. Recipes vary. The ingredients can include raw egg, onion, and seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, celery, Tabasco sauce, etc. Some stores in North Dakota sell a dry seasoning mix for it.”

This information is included for those who were wondering about the dates of the tiger hunting season in Enderlin.

Missing real food

On May 17, Norwegians celebrated Syttende Mai. That led Jerry Olson, formerly of Souris, N.D., and now of Bremerton, Wash., to send his cousin Carl Carlson, also from Souris but now of Fargo, a list of foods he’d be having back in North Dakota on this day, but which he didn’t have in Bremerton. Carl sent the list to Neighbors.

Lefse heads the list. But Jerry also missed meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, sour cream, yams, corn, buns, sticky rolls, turkey, krumkake, rommegrot, ham, dark bread, stuffing, peas, butter, beets “and even lutefisk, but I liked torsk better.”

What he did have, Jerry says, was a tortilla stuffed with potatoes, meatloaf and cheese; “It was the closest I could get” to real Norwegian food, Jerry wrote. And to top it off, he says, “Nobody wished me a happy Syttende Mai.”

Better come back to the Dakotas or Minnesota next May, Jerry, where people know how to celebrate this day.


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