Side Dish Recipes

Fish with Citrus Zest

This dish is best prepared with a zester. That’s a kitchen tool that peels away the outer layer of the fruit without digging deep into the bitter, white pith. You can also use an ordinary vegetable peeler and carefully peel away the outer colored akin of the lemon, lime and orange. When browning fish, place…

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Donny’s Deer Appetizer

This one has made Donny famous throughout southeastern U.S. hunting camps. Along with his Poor Man’s Shrimp recipe, they just can’t get enough of this super-easy recipe. It’s usually eaten with a fork, or Gerber folding knife, right out of the pan.  

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Thanksgiving Turkey (domestic)

My way of cooking a domestic turkey is loosely borrowed from Alton Brown of Food TV’s “Good Eats”. The key is the brining process. Brining adds flavor and moisture, both good things when it comes to turkey, Another important element is roasting the bird breast side down. Don’t place the turkey in a rack. Just…

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Orange Glazed Goose Breast

Clementines or mandarin oranges will work in a pinch too. Thyme is herb that best complements a citrus flavor. Also makes for an impressive holiday dish so hey, why not try this on a Tuesday night and impress your family?

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Oven Roasted Garlic Crab

This recipe calls for cooking the crab in a cast iron skillet – if you don’t have one, try the ones from Camp Chef.  They are already seasoned and ready to go. If you already own a cast iron skillet and need help in seasoning it, try the Camp Chef Conditioner.  

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Stuffed Venison Backstrap 2 (with Apples and more)

My second stuffed backstrap recipe. It slso works with any antlered game backstrap or use the same stuffing with goose or duck breasts. Here’s a good video from my Sporting Friend, Stacy Harris, on butterflying your loin in Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine: http://www.deeranddeerhunting.com/articles/cooking-venison-and-game/serve-this-delicious-stuffed-venison-loin-for-thanksgiving 

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Simple Grilled Duck Breast

For those of you who have historically treated your ducks like a sack of potatoes, consider trying it our way once. You can always go back to your old ways, but this is worth a try. If you stuff your ducks into a black plastic garbage bag that lands in the bottom of the garage…

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Duck Gumbo

Gumbo is a great way to clean out your freezer – use that duck that has been sitting in there for some time. And if you used FoodSaver bags, you won’t have freezer burn at all. Gumbo freezes well too. Make a big batch, cool and freeze it in batches. Best served over rice.  

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Fried Whole Crappie with Parmesan Peanut Crust

What else to do with those little crappies other than fry them and serve ‘fish & chips’ style? Exactly. Pair with your favorite beer and have yourself a very merry Fish Fry Friday. If you don’t have peanuts, use almonds or another nut in the house (just not your spouse).

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