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Bear, Bacon and Roasted Garlic Chili

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Recipe and photos by Eileen Clarke Whether you were lucky enough to take a bear in spring or are making plans for the fall season, this recipe by Eileen Clarke is a sweet, smoky chili that will be a favorite at home or hunting camp. Note that bear meat should always be well-cooked to prevent trichinosis, a parasitic disease that…

Chili de Árbol – Made with Wild Turkey

Recipe and images by Eileen Clarke

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.

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. 

Potato-Crusted Fish

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

A versatile recipe for transforming your freshwater fish using instant mashed potato flakes as a crispy coating. Try them in fish tacos, or with roasted potatoes and a side salad as Chef Jeff Benda did in this presentation.

Pickled Venison Heart

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

With bow season still available for deer hunters to take advantage of the chance to put some meat in the freezer this season, we wanted to share this recipe for preserving organ meat using the canning process.

Korean Venison Bowls

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

When you grind most of your venison into ground burger meat, there are endless possibilities of meals to make. This easy go-to recipe for a savory rice bowl was share by Wisconsin hunter, Sarah Kozlowski.

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.

Smoked Venison Meatloaf

Recipe and photos by Eileen Clarke

When it comes to options for smoking meat, author of several wild game cookbooks – Eileen Clarke, shares that the good old water smoker is still one of her favorite cooking devices. In this recipe, she shares tips on preparing a smoked venison meatloaf that pairs well with potato salad.

Dried Wild Ramp Seasoning

A recipe contributed by Sarah Kozlowski to the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

When harvesting your ramps:

To begin, loosen the soil with your spoon, trying not to disturb any neighboring ramp roots. Use your knife to cut the stem. Cutting the leaves above the ground reduces soil disturbance and allows the plant to re-sprout. Though the bulbs are thick and delicious, it is recommended by several seasoned foragers that they are best left in the ground as harvesting them can be detrimental to the population; only 5-10% of large patches should be harvested sporadically. Replace any dug-up soil so the remaining plants aren’t susceptible to cold or bugs, etc.

Easy Baked Freshwater Fish

A fresh take on the old fish fry in this recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

For successful freshwater anglers, baked fish is a tasty option for transforming your catch that often gets overlooked, and if truth be told, it is seriously underrated. Whether you have a bag of panfish, or a few nice walleye fillets, we have a quick, delicious recipe for baking your catch, that you can add to your kitchen arsenal. 

Ancho and Chipotle Chile Smoked Venison Sausage

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

A recipe contributed to the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild by Harvesting Nature’s John Vile, this venison sausage requires basic equipment including a meat grinder, a sausage stuffer and a smoker. John recommends using real hog casings for this sausage, which incorporates ancho chile peppers and spices for sausage smoked over hickory or apple chips.

BAKED SPAGHETTI PIE WITH VENISON

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

This venison recipe is easy to assemble, and is a great comfort food dish for the table. Make a big batch and if there are any leftovers, you’ll find this Venison Spaghetti Pie also reheats well – making it convenient for the approaching spring season when we all want to spend more time outdoors, and less time in the kitchen.

Venison Heart over Wild Rice

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Besides the love for the hunt and family, there’s no better reward than the venison. Growing up, my mom would always boil her deer’s heart and cut it up for us with a little salt sprinkle and we loved the taste of it. When I harvested my first deer, though, I wanted to try something different than how I had grown up eating it.

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”,…

Whole Grilled Trout with Blood Orange and Fennel

A Taste of the Wild Featured Recipe

Published with permission from The Backyard Fire Cookbook by Linda Ly © 2019 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text © 2019 Linda Ly Photography © 2019 Will Taylor Grilling an entire fish—head and all—may seem intimidating, but it’s actually much more forgiving than trying to wrangle a delicate fillet on the grate. The high heat of a grill develops a…

Venison and Black Bean Chili with Cornbread Waffles

By Justin Townsend

Copyright image_Justin Townsend_Harvesting NatureStep aside chicken and waffles, you’ve got competition with this hearty venison dish from chef Justin Townsend. The recipe calls for Drop Tine Chili Seasoning by Tacticalories Seasoning Company. Justin recommends it because he feels it is a quality seasoning that brings great flavor to a pot of chili. When he tested it out, Justin noted, “The…

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.

Venison Shank Stew

A recipe by Ryan Lisson as featured in the pages of Outdoor News

There’s something about spending time outdoors and walking into the house to smell the aroma of a delicious stew simmering in the slow cooker. This venison shank stew recipe by Ryan Lisson will be sure to hit the spot, whether you’re battling cabin fever, or spending time enjoying spring weather across the northland.

Traditional Venison Pasties

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

There are various spinoffs from the traditional Cornish pasties, including empanadas infused with spices, and a similar dish called a hand pie that uses salted fish as the main filling. This basic recipe that was featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild, is a mainstay of many homes across the Great Lakes states, relying on ground venison, potatoes and vegetables.