Elk parmesan with zucchini and leeks

Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks

I’ve really been enjoying cooking our dinners with our outdoor garden produce these past few months. Since we have an abundance of zucchini and leeks, I decided to substitute zucchini ribbons for the pasta and add some additional sweetness and flavor of our leeks to one of our favorite dishes…Elk Parmesan.

I hope you enjoy this recipe like we do… it’s healthier, lighter and truly more flavorful.



  • 8-10 elk backstrap medallions (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 4 zucchini (peeled into ribbons)
  • 1 large leek (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (home made or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • Fresh mozzarella (cherry size)
  • Diced chives and basil


In a small pan, stir together marinara sauce and red wine. Heat sauce on low heat being sure to stir sauce so as not to boil.

Turn oven broiler on so it’s HOT when you’re ready to finish this dish.

Heat cast iron skillet on stove at medium high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in cast iron skillet and add chopped garlic and leeks. Cook leeks until they become soft and transparent 6-8 minutes. Add zucchini ribbons to leeks and garlic, stir together and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Remove from skillet and set aside.

In a bowl, add grated parmesan cheese to breadcrumbs and stir together. Beat 1 egg in separate bowl. Dip each elk medallion into egg wash and then cover on all sides with bread crumbs.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to same cast iron skillet and keep skillet on medium-high heat. The skillet will still be hot. Place breaded elk medallions in skillet for 1 minute or until golden brown. Turn and cook on the other side. Remove from heat. (Don’t over crowd the elk if your skillet is smaller. Simply cook in two batches. I used a 14″ inch cast iron skillet.)

Add zucchini and leek mixture back to skillet. Place elk medallions on top of zucchini. Cover each elk medallion with marinara sauce and top with fresh mozzarella. Place under broiler for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven.

Garnish with fresh chopped chives and basil.

The finished medallions should be medium-rare and fork tender.


Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks

Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks



  • Reply December 5, 2015


    DELICIOUS! Made this with deer backstrap. Will repeat soon.

    • Reply December 5, 2015


      Linda – I’m so glad to hear you made this with venison. I try and share many of my recipes with everyone knowing that they can be made using elk, venison or antelope. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Kristy

  • Reply September 28, 2014


    Just wanted to share that we made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply September 29, 2014


      Ashley – thank you for your reply and I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe… Means a lot to read your feedback. Have a great day! ~Kristy

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