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Szechuan Turkey

As featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Turkey hunters who are searching for some new recipes to utilize that stash of protein you’ve got in the freezer, here will want to craft this recipe that works well for the tougher nature of that meat by using ground turkey instead of chunks of meat.

Venison and Black Bean Chili with Cornbread Waffles

By Justin Townsend

Copyright image_Justin Townsend_Harvesting NatureStep aside chicken and waffles, you’ve got competition with this hearty venison dish from chef Justin Townsend. The recipe calls for Drop Tine Chili Seasoning by Tacticalories Seasoning Company. Justin recommends it because he feels it is a quality seasoning that brings great flavor to a pot of chili. When he tested it out, Justin noted, “The…

Venison Taco Corn Bread Casserole

As featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

This recipe from the pages of Outdoor News was featured during the height of the COVID-19 quarantines, when people were digging deep into the pantry to see what they could use for casseroles featuring their stash of venison in the freezer. This recipe makes a large pan, but the great part is that you’ll love the leftovers. Save this recipe for the days when we get back to potlucks and tailgate parties!

Linda Ly

The founder and creative force behind GardenBetty.com

Meet our newest Taste of the Wild contributor. Photographed by Will Taylor. A bestselling cookbook author – she is best known as the founder and creative force behind GardenBetty.com, a leading home/garden and adventure/recreation site in the outdoor living sphere. Linda Ly’s joy is helping people become a little more self-sufficient at home and experience the beauty of the outdoors,…

Pheasant Marsala

By Jenny and Rick Wheatley

Pheasant with mushroom and cream sauce that doesn’t come from a can! While a mainstay of upland hunters in the Midwest, pheasant cooked with a can of soup may be considered convenient, it will neither taste, nor look, as good as cooking with real, fresh ingredients. You’ve done the work, spent the time (and the money) in the field for your hard-earned game. Why skimp at the table now with .99 cent canned soup? Craft this simple recipe using basic ingredients.

New Podcast For Harvesting and Cooking Wild Game

Harvesting Nature’s Wild Fish and Game Podcast

At the Taste of the Wild, we like to connect you with resources that will enhance your experiences and provide tools towards harvesting and preparing your wild game and fish. This podcast by our friends at Harvesting Nature is one that you will want to check out! Hosted by a trio of experts, the weekly podcast includes guests from around the outdoor and cooking industry.

Wild Mushroom Hunting Tips

The Taste of the Wild features recipes and tips for preparing wild game and foraging wild edibles. In this piece, we share tips from Walter Sturgeon, a nationally recognized author on woodland fungi and the author of  Appalachian Mushrooms: A Field Guide for mushroom hunters.

Venison Shank Stew

A recipe by Ryan Lisson as featured in the pages of Outdoor News

There’s something about spending time outdoors and walking into the house to smell the aroma of a delicious stew simmering in the slow cooker. This venison shank stew recipe by Ryan Lisson will be sure to hit the spot, whether you’re battling cabin fever, or spending time enjoying spring weather across the northland.

Walleye Basil Stir Fry

Photos and recipe by Keane Amdahl

From the cookbook Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish by Keane Amdahl, this dish has a lot of flexibility. Follow Keane’s suggestions of broccoli, carrots, pea pods and some thinly sliced red onion, or feel free to experiment. When it all comes together with the basil, ginger, garlic, and stir-fry sauce, you’re going to have yourself a winning dish. Note that the flaky nature of the walleye means the fish will break into smaller pieces during the cooking process.

Traditional Venison Pasties

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

There are various spinoffs from the traditional Cornish pasties, including empanadas infused with spices, and a similar dish called a hand pie that uses salted fish as the main filling. This basic recipe that was featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild, is a mainstay of many homes across the Great Lakes states, relying on ground venison, potatoes and vegetables.

Deer Camp Favorites- Venison Jerky Challenge: The Smoker vs. The Dehydrator

A recipe contributed by Justin Townsend of Harvesting Nature

In this recipe, Chef Justin Townsend pairs the two preparations methods of crafting homemade venison jerky against each other using the same recipe. One using a smoker, the other using a dehydrator, comparing time, texture, and overall flavor of both. After he passed the pieces out to some work colleagues for a blind comparison, you may be surprised by the top choice.

Tasty & Tender Upland Birds

A recipe by By Eileen Clarke

Upland birds come in many varieties, some larger like blue grouse, some smaller like quail and Hungarian partridge. This recipe for pale birds is one that fits both large and small upland birds. It relies on long, moist cooking – so legs and breasts are both done at the same time. It’s also flexible enough to use on birds you’ve taken the time to pluck whole, as well as birds that are skinned and parted out.

Venison Birria

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Birria is a Mexican dish from the state of Jalisco. The dish is a spicy stew, traditionally made from goat meat. However this version is a recipe that appeared in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild feature was adapted by Chef Ara Zada with an optional slowcooker method.

Ryan Lisson

The Outdoor News Taste of the Wild brings you the expertise of chefs and cookbook authors from around the country who specialize in wild game, fish and wild edibles. Meet Ryan Lisson, one of these contributors, who also is the founder of Zero To Hunt, a website to mentor new adult hunters.

Savory Duck Breasts with Seared Apples and Sweet Potatoes

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News cooking segment

The foundation of this recipe was originally shared by Outdoor News reader, Edward Krenzelok of Tony, Wisconsin. We’ve modified his recipe a bit by adding sliced sweet potatoes, which is similar to a dish with Polish ancestry. Edward’s version calls for the preparation to be done on the stove top, and we recommend a heavy cast iron pan to do justice to the searing process and consistency of heat.

Homemade Egg Rolls With Wild Duck

As seen in the pages of the Outdoor News cooking feature

Although a full roast duck is a beautiful sight to behold on the dinner table, most waterfowl hunters know that once is a while, you’ll end up with a bird that is pretty shot-up, and that’s where this recipe comes to the rescue. Once you’ve cooked the bird meat and shredded it, putting the egg rolls together is any easy…

Wild Game Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Contributed By: Outdoor News Reader: Tim Kraskey of Maple Grove, Minnesota

As seen in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild cooking feature, this recipe has a robust chimichurri sauce that is a flavorful accompaniment to your wild venison that is bright in color and profile, with flavors dominated by the garlic and cilantro. You can adjust the intensity according to your personal heat index by removing the seeds in the peppers.

Smoked Orange Bourbon Glazed Salmon with Basil Pesto and Pasta

A recipe by Justin Townsend as featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild.

In this Taste of the Wild recipe shared by Justin Townsend, author of the cookbook: Eat Wild Game, you have a simple pasta dish that offers the smokiness of the salmon balances the sweetness of the dish, and the bite of the pesto. Toss some capers and tomatoes in the dish to add some extra citrus undertones.