Taste of the Wild

Stinging Nettle Gnocchi

Recipe and photos by Jamie Carlson of Modern Carnivore

If you would have asked the ten-year-old version of this Taste of the Wild contributor if he wanted to eat some stinging nettles as a boy, he probably would have run away from you screaming. Little did Jamie Carlson know that nettles are perfectly edible and quite delicious, as you’ll discover in his recipe for Nettle Gnocchi.

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

Recipe and photos by Ellen Zachos

If you missed out on gathering sap to make maple syrup this season, and want to try something new – consider this recipe shared by Ellen Zachos that was featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild feature recipe.
Shagbark hickory syrup can be used in place of maple syrup on pancakes or waffles. Use it to flavor sorbets or ice cream. It’s also tasty swirled into yogurt, in a glaze for chicken, pork, or salmon, or as a craft cocktail ingredient.

Three Bean Red Chili With Game Meat

By Outdoor News Contributor, Tim Kraskey of Maple Grove, MN

Copyright protected image_iStockIt’s the time of year when you’re likely spending more time outside and having a meal that doesn’t require a lot of babysitting once you’ve got it in the pot is a great way to use that game meat you’ve got stashed in the freezer from last fall. Plus, thanks to a nice depth that comes from the…

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…

Foil-Baked Italian Perch

A Taste of the Wild Featured Recipe

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.

Venison Osso Bucco

Recipe and photos by Jamie Carlson of Modern Carnivore

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.

Venison Shoulder Chops – Prepared Pot Roast Style

Recipe and photos by Chris Jodlowski of Harvesting Nature

When the hunt is over and it’s time to butcher, save yourself some time and aggravation by keeping your venison shoulders bone-in. Cross cutting a shoulder with a band saw, a meat saw, a hack saw or even a sawzall will give you bone-in chuck steaks that, with a few hours in a braise, turn from tough chunks destined for…

Sunfish Paella

Recipe courtesy of Keane Amdahl from his cookbook “Lake Fish - Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish”

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.

Seared Venison Tacos

Recipe contributed by Justin Townsend

Photo by Justin Townsend/Harvesting NatureWant to show off your wild game cooking skills without the fear of ruining your hard-earned venison? Try this taco recipe shared by chef Justin Townsend. It’s a great way to use just about any cut of venison, because you are cooking the meat hot and fast.  Justin recommends using a cast iron skillet, but suggested…

Mixed Bag Wild Game Stew

A Taste of the Wild Featured Recipe by John Motoviloff

By John Motoviloff: Late fall and early winter mean hunting season in the Midwest and Northeast. Deer, turkey, small game, and waterfowl are all in play, giving hunters a wide range of options to pursue in the field and enjoy on the table. On those red-letter days when a deer, turkey or goose is bagged, there’s no doubt as to…

Baked Walleye with Sun-Dried Tomato-Thyme Butter

A Taste of the Wild Featured Recipe for Anglers in the Great Lake States

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.

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…

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.

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

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.

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.

Trout Thai-One-On Tacos with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Reprinted with permission from The Field to Table Cookbook: Gardening, Foraging, Fishing, and Hunting by Susan L. Ebert, Welcome Books (Rizzoli); 2016.

From Susan L. Ebert’s The Field to Table Cookbook: Gardening, Foraging, Fishing and Hunting comes this uniquely Texas cross-cultural fusion of Southeast Asian and Mexican cuisines, featuring a Baja-style fish taco crowned with a Thai-inspired topping and an Asian-style peanut sauce.

Venison Backstrap Sandwich with Maple Blueberry BBQ

Recipe by: Megan Sauer of Fennville, Michigan

Many outdoor enthusiasts not only hunt their own venison, but they also tap Maple trees to craft their own syrup, and will readily take advantage of foraging for wild berries given the chance. This recipe shared by an Outdoor News reader combines these ingredients to develop a tasty Maple-Blueberry sauce that tops your easy to assemble venison sandwich.

Cioppino with Northern Pike

A recipe shared by Tim Kraskey of Maple Grove, Minnesota

Some people call it “fish stew”, and it is considered an elegant dish in many circles, but the roots of true Cioppino lead back to Italian immigrants who settled near San Francisco in the late 1800’s. The story goes that when a fisherman came back empty-handed, they would walk around with a pot asking other fisherman to share what they could from their catch, and the bounty of the sea was transformed into a hearty dish thanks to tomato and fresh herbs. Use your Northern Pike in this version by Tim Kraskey of Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Buckeye Sportsman Radio to Showcase Outdoor News Cooking Feature

Ohio Outdoor News, one of the seven Outdoor News titles published by Outdoor News, Inc., invites listeners in the Buckeye State to tune in this holiday weekend to the Buckeye Sportsman weekly radio broadcast. The Dec. 23 show will feature longtime cooking-related Outdoor News contributor, author Eileen Clarke. Ohio Outdoor News Editor Mike Moore, and Buckeye Sportsman host Dan Armitage,…

North of 64 Deer Camp Chili

  There is a certain camaraderie that accompanies fall hunting season, when friends and relatives join together at “deer camp” for a hearty meal. In the spirit of the traditions that accompany a successful hunt, this recipe submitted by Paul Nesbitt of DeForest, Wisc. is a tried and true venison chili recipe that begs to be topped with a handful…

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…