Salads, Sides & Misc

Cajun Dove Poppers

Recipe By: Tim Kraskey, Maple Grove, Minnesota

A pop of heat thanks to thin slices of jalapeno, the sweetness of fig and a punch of Cajun flavor in the marinade of this dish give your wild game poppers a whole new meaning with this Taste of the Wild recipe. Prepare them on the grill, or use your oven, but we’d recommend using a digital meat thermometer for the perfect popper!

Roasted Hen of the Woods Mushrooms with Garlic Aioli

A recipe from Modern Carnivore by Jamie Carlson

Jamie Carlson shares tips on handling Hen of the Woods or, Maitake – a great mushroom with a excellent texture and many uses. They typically grow in the fall and like the south face side of a big Oak tree. They will grow from the ground over the roots of the Oak. When you find one you usually have plenty to use and store for later use. A good sized Hen can be 4-5 pounds. I like to dehydrate some and freeze the rest.

Spicy Venison Jambalaya

Give this recipe a try and you’ll discover why it stays near the top on our list of favorites. Beyond the fact that it is an excellent way to use up the last of the sausage or brats you’ve got stashed away in the freezer from last year’s deer season, the primary reason you’ll love it is because it is one of those dishes that just gets better with re-heating.

Fair Day Venison Corn Dogs

Contributed by Stacy Lynn Harris

Venison Corn Dogs are perfect as a make-ahead meal and can be frozen after they’re cooked for up to 3 to 6 months. Simply quadruple the recipe, fry them all, then allow them to cool on cooling racks. Once cooled, just place them in freezer bags and bring them out during hunting season to quickly reheat.

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.

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.

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…

3 Wild Game Cookbooks For Holiday Giving

For the individual who is new to wild game cooking, or for the home chef that wants to elevate their wild game and fish menu, we've got three of the hottest cookbooks!

    If you know someone who appreciates the connection between the field and their dinner plate, we’ve got three of this season’s newest cookbooks that would make an excellent gift idea! Venison: The Slay to Gourmet Field to Kitchen CookbookHardcover $25 Venison: The Slay to Gourmet Field to Kitchen Cookbook Author: Jon Wipfli; photography by Matt Lien Raised in…

Fresh Mulberry Cobbler

Photo by Glenn and Judy HelgelandFresh berry cobbler is the cornerstone of berry season in the great lakes states, and this recipe by Glenn and Judy Helgeland taps into the underrated mulberry for an easy dish. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or even service berries could be used with this recipe. INGREDIENTS: 2/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 cup water…

Summer Salad with Grilled Goose + Stone-Fruit

A recipe featured in the Taste of the Wild by Outdoor News brought to you by Danielle Prewett

Photo by Danielle PrewettSummer Salad with Grilled Goose + Stone-Fruit A Note From Chef: During the summer I try to grill as much as I can. Partly because I love dining al fresco, and also because I like to keep the mess out of the kitchen. This salad uses the best of summer produce, many of which you likely have…

Grilled Perch with Mushroom Broth and Fiddlehead Ferns

As featured in the Taste of the Wild

Lake Fish – Modern Cooking With Freshwater Fish by Keane Amdahl “Reprinted with permission from Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish by Keane Amdahl, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. mnhspress.org” This fun and delicious dish makes use of an often neglected ingredient: dried mushrooms. Dried mushrooms can be fairly inexpensive, and a little goes a long way. The…

Outdoor News Taste of the Wild contributing chefs to be featured at 2017 Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic

Included in the lineup of the distinguished chefs to be offering their wild game recipes at the 2017 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Feb. 17 – 19 are two chefs who’s contributions have been found in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild cooking feature, including Hank Shaw and John Hennessey.

We’re sharing a press release from our friends at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever for details on the seminars that will run throughout the weekend and feature dishes including pheasant, quail, rabbit, and venison.

Thai Venison Lettuce Cups

Typically served in lettuce cups to be eaten as a salad with an intensely flavorful Thai Sauce, you can also serve this recipe with rice and other veggies. The ingredients call for fish sauce, but if you can’t find it at your local store you can substitute with soy sauce. You can also adjust the heat level by adding more or less chili peppers.

Walleye Agrodolce

Here’s a Lukas Leaf Recipe that’s brought to you by Modern Carnivore. Couple your fish with quality ingredients, and if the name of the recipe doesn’t impress you, the finished product certainly will. Agrodolce is another name for “Sweet and Sour”. Whichever way you call it, this recipe is easy to prepare, with the balance of flavors including a sweet and peppery topping of a simple salad mix that gives you a lighter recipe to balance the heavier meals often associated with fall and winter seasons.

Warm Cabbage Salad with Goat Cheese

After learning that I’m a fan of goat cheese, a friend of mine has kept me in supply of this creamy, tangy bit of deliciousness.
Couple that with bacon – an ingredient that some people truly consider a kitchen staple, and you’ve got two key ingredients for this incredibly simple salad.

Smoked Wild Salmon Bruschetta

The winning entry in the 2015 Outdoor News Recipe Contest Sponsored by Camp Chef. SMOKED WILD SALMON BRUSCHETTA Although there are several steps involved in creating this dish, we think the end result looks delicious. Submitted by Outdoor News reader: Jared Krekelberg of Minnesota Salmon is a very versatile protein but really doesn't agree with me plain. I've tried it many…