Game Birds & Waterfowl

Kung Pao Turkey

From Timothy J. Kraskey’s cookbook "Red, White & Everything Else"

Instead of calling for take-out, use the wild turkey you have harvested and make this Asian-inspired dish from Tim Kraskey’s cookbook. He suggests serving it on a bed of white or brown rice, and notes that the infusion of flavor and spice in the dish pairs well with a German-style sweet white wine, such as a Riesling.

Pheasant Fricassee

Recipe and photos contributed by Robert and Tera Stoddard, with Harvesting Nature

When it comes to your pheasant harvest, the possibilities are endless in terms of preparation, but one of our favorite ways to prepare pheasant is our take on pheasant fricassee. The flavors are rich and hearty, and it leaves everyone satisfied. 

Pheasant Breast in Creamy Wine and Mushroom Sauce

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

A recipe like this transforms ordinary into extraordinary, with a complex combination of rich chocolate and oak from dark red wine, the umami smoothness of shiitake mushrooms, and a friendly bite from hot paprika and crushed black pepper. A dressing of cream sauce completes the dish, checking the pinch of pepper with cool perfection.

Pan-Roasted Woodcock and Wild Rice

Recipe and photos by Ryan Lisson_Zero To Hunt

Most people tend to think of a woodcock as an appetizer – they’re not very big birds, after all. But when you prepare the breasts and legs, two woodcock make a hearty meal. The breast meat is very dark, while the legs are light and delicate. It might look off-putting to some, but leaving the feet and legs attached provides a convenient handle to grip while cooking and eating. If you had the patience to pluck the whole bird, this method of preparation would also work great.

Four Cheese Pheasant Pizza

Photo and recipe shared with the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild by Kory Slye of Harvesting Nature

With some pheasants in the freezer, my wife and I decided to braise a few down and pick the meat in order to have some cooked meat on hand for various meals throughout the week.  Inspired by a local pizza shop’s specialty pizza and a recent gift containing a handful of different jams and jellies, my wife and I put…

Grilled Canada Goose Steak Salad

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Replace goose breasts for beef in this preparation – which treats the game bird meat just like a steak. Start with a soak in a balsamic vinegar-based marinade for 4 to 8 hours, then grill them on a smoking hot grill until they are perfectly medium-rare. After resting the meat, it can be sliced thinly and served over fresh greens.

Wild Turkey Sous Vide Tikka Masala

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

With Sous Vide becoming mainstream in the kitchen these days, and the popularity of pellet grills for home chefs to transform their harvest, you’ll find this recipe for Wild Turkey Tikka Masala packs a ton of flavor by combining those processes together with a sauce with flavor that is over the top. Serve your prepared turkey on a bed of basmati rice with a side of warm pita bread and enjoy!

Wild Turkey Katsu Sando

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

This sandwich is simple to make and can be made with pretty much any of our wild game harvested across the Great Lake States. Jamie Carlson said he has made this sandwich with crappies, venison, and grouse But in this version he is using wild turkey. Typically, a wild turkey breast is big enough to make 4-5 sandwiches which is a great way to extend your spring gobbler. 

Mojo Pheasant

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Mojo Pheasant By Tim Kraskey With a Cuban-inspired flair, here’s another great BBQ recipe by Tim Kraskey. Tim shared that you can use turkey meat instead of the pheasant breasts. They key is to pound to a consistent thickness for even cooking. Tim has a new cookbook that became available in fall of 2020 titled “Red, White and Everything Else”,…

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.

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.

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.

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…

Duck Boudin Balls with Remoulade Sauce

Recipe and pictures by Jamie Carlson of Modern Carnivore

This recipe uses almost the whole duck and a few extra parts. To make these fried boudin balls you will need to save the livers, hearts and gizzards from six ducks. If you don’t have duck livers, hearts or gizzards you can substitute with chicken livers, hearts and gizzards.

Wild Turkey Enchiladas

Recipe and photos by Jamie Carlson of Modern Carnivore

Photo copyright protected Jamie Carlson Modern CarnivoreThere is no doubt that wild turkeys are some of the finest table fare there is. The only problem with a wild turkey is that it is very difficult to cook it whole and end up with an evenly cooked bird. To combat this problem, I like to break the birds down. I take…

Upland Bird Creamy White Chili

A Taste of the Wild recipe for using pheasant, quail, wild turkey or partridge

    INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup sliced green onions **OPTIONAL: 1 Jalapeno pepper finely diced Approximately 1 lb. (3 ½ cups) cut up COOKED bird meat (pheasant, turkey, quail or partridge meat could be used) 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 can (4 oz.) diced Green Chilies…

Dry Rub Goose Kabobs

Recipe and photos by Eileen Clarke

When cooking pale-meated birds, whether domestic or wild, the juices run pale when the bird is cooked enough. (Before that, they run red.) But waterfowl juices always run red, so if you’re testing your bird’s doneness by poking it with a knife and waiting for the juices to run pale, you’ll overcook them

Duck Breast Prosciutto

Content is copyright protected. Excerpted from Cured Meat, Smoked Fish, & Pickled Eggs © by Karen Solomon, photography © by Aubrie Pick, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Craft your own prosciutto using this recipe excerpted from Cured Meat, Smoked Fish, & Pickled Eggs © by Karen Solomon, photography © by Aubrie Pick, used with permission from Storey Publishing.