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Three Marinades for Summer Grilling

3 marinade options for wild game cooking

We know that Outdoor News readers are real outdoor enthusiasts, and if you’re like any of the members of our team, you’ve got a selection of wild game and fish in your freezer that will be headed to the grill this season. Whether you’re a dedicated charcoal grill fanatic, or prefer the convenience and control that gas grills provide, these marinade options will kick your flavors up a notch for your next BBQ.

Trout Thai-One-On Tacos with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Reprinted with permission from The Field to Table Cookbook: Gardening, Foraging, Fishing, and Hunting by Susan L. Ebert, Welcome Books (Rizzoli); 2016.

From Susan L. Ebert’s The Field to Table Cookbook: Gardening, Foraging, Fishing and Hunting comes this uniquely Texas cross-cultural fusion of Southeast Asian and Mexican cuisines, featuring a Baja-style fish taco crowned with a Thai-inspired topping and an Asian-style peanut sauce.

Pan Seared Walleye Salad with Dijon-Lemon Dressing

Craft this gourmet salad with ease - using your fresh walleye and basic ingredients.

We admit, it’s hard to beat a plate piled high with deep fried walleye, but don’t let the salad part of this recipe’s title scare you off. If you’re not a salad fan, you’ll find the seasoning blend is great for straight up pan-searing your fresh catch to serve with your favorite tarter sauce.
But for a healthier, and flavorful, way to serve your catch, give this a try.
Thanks to honey in the dressing, there is a touch of sweetness that underscores this natural element that already exists in the flavor of the walleye, and the fresh lemon makes it all pop.

Venison Backstrap Sandwich with Maple Blueberry BBQ

Recipe by: Megan Sauer of Fennville, Michigan

Many outdoor enthusiasts not only hunt their own venison, but they also tap Maple trees to craft their own syrup, and will readily take advantage of foraging for wild berries given the chance. This recipe shared by an Outdoor News reader combines these ingredients to develop a tasty Maple-Blueberry sauce that tops your easy to assemble venison sandwich.

Pan Roasted Pike with Roasted Carrots and Honey-Vinegar Glaze

Reprinted with permission from Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish by Keane Amdahl, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

This recipe from Keane Amdahl’s Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish offers up big, sweet flavors that are balanced with a little heat and nuttiness. The flaky, succulent fish pairs well with carrots’ natural sweetness, while slivered almonds, chile flakes, and a little fresh dill pull the whole plate together.

Bear Meat Bratwurst Sausage

Chef and Author Eileen Clarke dubbed these "Bear Hot Brats" and offers options for cased or patty type sausage prep.

Chef and Author Eileen Clarke dubbed these “Bear Hot Brats” and offers options for preparing the meat as a cased or patty-type sausage. Instead of bear meat, antelope, venison, caribou or moose meat could be utilized to prepare homemade bratwurst sausage with this recipe.

Cioppino with Northern Pike

A recipe shared by Tim Kraskey of Maple Grove, Minnesota

Some people call it “fish stew”, and it is considered an elegant dish in many circles, but the roots of true Cioppino lead back to Italian immigrants who settled near San Francisco in the late 1800’s. The story goes that when a fisherman came back empty-handed, they would walk around with a pot asking other fisherman to share what they could from their catch, and the bounty of the sea was transformed into a hearty dish thanks to tomato and fresh herbs. Use your Northern Pike in this version by Tim Kraskey of Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Basic Wild Game Meatballs

Having relied almost exclusively on wild game meat while living in remote Alaska, I developed this meatball recipe that held up well in several types of dishes.

This recipe offers a versatile meatball that works well into Italian-inspired tomato based sauces, or for the cream-based sauce that ensconces the classic Swedish meatball.

Since you’re working with leaner game meat, you will want to balance your ratio of ground meat with an equal amount of ground pork so that your meatball will stand up. The foundation of the recipe here originally relied on ground moose meat, however you can substitute venison, elk, caribou, antelope or even ground wild turkey meat.

Chipolte BBQ Squirrel Dip

A recipe by Kory Slye

Photo by Kory SlyeIngredients: For Braising 4 squirrels, cleaned and pieced Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste Olive oil 2 Onions, chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed 24 ozs. broth (vegetable or chicken)   For Dip 2-3 cups braised squirrel, bones removed 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese 1 can chipotle peppers 1-2 cups Barbeque sauce (your brand of choice…

Tomato-and-Brown-Sugar-Braised Shoulder

Excerpted from Venison by Jon Wipfli. Copyright © 2017 Voyageur Press. Photography copyright © 2017 Matt Lien. Published by Voyageur Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

For hunters who value the connection between their white-tailed deer harvest and preparing a quality venison dinner, Outdoor News has partnered with chef Jon Wipfli to feature an excerpt from his new cookbook Venison: The Slay to Gourmet Field to Kitchen Cookbook. Follow Wipfli’s recipe for Tomato and Brown Sugar Braised Shoulder with White Cheddar and Jalapeno Grits utilizing your venison.

Ruffed Grouse Club Sandwich

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Taste of the Wild to Feature Jon Wipfli Venison Recipe

Outdoor News recipe feature for wild game and fish to profile excerpt from new cookbook in January 2018

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North of 64 Deer Camp Chili

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Caribbean Jerk Jerky

Use your venison for this flavorful jerky recipe by author Eileen Clarke

Eileen Clarke shares a recipe using ground meat as the base for making homemade jerky. The special recipe for a Caribbean-inspired jerk seasoning is included, but the foundation of this recipe can be adapted to your personal taste using a variety of different spice bases such as Buffalo Wing or Italian.

Wild Game Bird Roll Ups

This recipe was a contest-winning entry into the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild Recipes and More Contest.

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Pheasant Rellenos

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