Game Bird & Waterfowl

Duck Breast Prosciutto

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.

Black Pepper Goose and Asparagus Stir Fry

This stir fry is the perfect answer to a busy weeknight when you want healthy wild game on the table fast. Made with Canada goose breast, but you could use any goose or duck breast, or even thinly sliced venison loin, rump, or round. The vegetables in this dish remain tender-crisp, while the meat remains moist and succulent due to the marinade.

Chili de Árbol - Made with Wild Turkey

Harvesting a large bird has the benefit of a fair amount of wild protein to fuel the dinner table, and while you may have lots of recipes for the breast meat, I’d like to propose one that uses any and almost every part of your hard-earned wild turkey meat, including the breast meat, thigh, wings, and even the drumstick if you have a bit of time and a sharp filet knife.

Kung Pao Turkey

Instead of calling for take-out, use the wild turkey you have harvested and make this Asian-inspired dish.

Kung Pao Turkey

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

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 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

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

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…

Grilled Canada Goose Steak Salad

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

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

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

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…

Fresh Jalapeno and Curry Waterfowl Jerky

Latin cooking isn’t the only place you find hot peppers. They’re very common in Indian cooking--and many other locales in South Asia.  So pairing curry with jalapeño is a natural, and very tasty combo. 

Szechuan Turkey

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.

Wild Game Meat Pie

Utilizing a variety of game meat to fill a crust for a savory meat pie, this recipe taps venison and ruffed grouse, but you can use pheasants, ducks, cottontails/hares, squirrels, wild boar, and even pigeons.

Quick Sautéed Turkey Bites with Butter and Herbs

An easy Taste of the Wild-featured recipe by Eileen Clarke using wild turkey. Real butter makes it quite decadent, and the infusion of fresh herbs gives it a fresh appeal. If you don’t have fresh marjoram, improvise with basil, sage, oregano or tarragon.

Pheasant Marsala

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

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

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

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…

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