Meet another contributor to the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild cooking feature, noted foraging expert and author, Ellen Zachos.
The core recipe from Chef Ara Zada is a spicy twist on traditional "pickled fish", and can easily be interchanged with other white fish including those harvested from cold northern waters such as pike or walleye, or equally - saltwater varieties such as halibut or yellowtail.
For anglers looking for a new way to utilize their catch, this Italian-inspired dish is both easy to prepare, and it pairs well with a simple side of pasta dressed in parsley and butter. Or tap this recipe for a great use of your open water harvest of fresh perch to serve on a bed of fresh garden greens. It also carries well to transition to an open-faced sandwich served on ciabatta bread. If making it into the sandwich, just lift the cooked fillets onto the bread before the final step of adding the cheese, and finish the sandwiches in the hot oven to melt the cheese until lightly browned and melted.
Osso Bucco is Italian and quite simply means "bone with a hole", there are some recipes for Osso Bucco that use other cuts of meat but a truly authentic osso bucco is made with a cross cut piece of shank that is about 3 inches thick. This recipe by Jamie Carlson of Modern Carnivore includes tips for getting the right cut from your venison.
Paella is one of those quintessential Spanish dishes that is both comforting and incredibly flavorful. The soft rice is spiked with saffron and paprika, and the roasted red peppers give a pop of delicious sweetness. Craft this dish using your sunfish, with the option to prepare using skin-on fillets.
A hearty stew with some crusty bread is hard to beat in the deep of winter. This recipe by Tim Kraskey has a depth of flavor that stems from the process of cooking down a reduction of red wine and rich port at the front end of the preparation. An ideal use of your elk, moose, venison or even caribou meat.
This baked walleye recipe is a two-step process that is well worth the effort! Not only is the presentation appealing when the dish comes out of the oven, the flavors in this baked walleye are great served with garlic mashed potatoes. Round out your plate with some green beans tossed with warm butter and toasted slivered almonds.
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!
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.
If you’ve got chunks of wild game meat that you’ve been avoiding because they are rather less desirable cuts, instead of paying someone to make them into sausage, try brining them with this tested recipe courtesy of wild game cookbook author Eileen Clarke.
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.
an excerpt from Shaw’s latest cookbook titled “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail — Upland Birds and Small Game From Field To Feast” that will appear in the pages of Outdoor News publications beginning Oct. 12. Shaw’s recipe for Grouse Northwoods is a dish designed to evoke the forest of the Minnesota Northwoods infused with mushrooms, wild rice, and tart cranberries.
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
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.
Though popular in the southern and central United States, fried green tomatoes deserve more respect in North County, the author says, and she has a recipe to convince you.
Keep an eye out for this step-by-step guide to crafting homemade prosciutto using duck breasts excerpted from Cured Meat, Smoked Fish, & Pickled Eggs © by Karen Solomon, photography © by Aubrie Pick, used with permission from Storey Publishing
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