4 Slices bacon, halved
1-1/2 pounds Elk or beef chuck steak, trimmed and cubes
1 quart Water plus 1/2 cup
1-1/4 cups Chopped onions
2 Bay leaves
1 teaspoon Salt
3 Potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Carrots, peeled and diced
1 large Turnip, diced
1/4 cup Acorn meal or finely ground hazelnuts

ACORN DUMPLINGS

1/2 cup Acorn meal or finely ground hazelnuts
1/2 cup Whole wheat flour
1-3/4 teaspoons Baking powder
1 Egg, beaten
2 tablespoons Milk
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until some of its fat is rendered. Add elk and brown with the bacon. Add 1 quart of water, onion, bay leaves, and salt. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Add potatoes, carrot and turnip and cook 30 minutes longer. Combine remaining water with acorn meal and stir into the simmering stew. In a bowl, combine dumpling ingredients and beat until smooth. Drop by tablespoonfuls into the simmering stew. Cover tightly and steam 12 to 15 minutes. Yield: 6 Servings