Small Game Recipes

Pheasant with Champagne Grapefruit Sauce

To the less adventurous, a recipe with “Champagne-Grapefruit Sauce” might seem a bit too, well…Californian. I have enough trouble trying to convince people in the southern U.S. states that we have ducks in California, lots of them. Some people think that we surf to work, stopping by a movie star’s home for a quick espresso.…

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Pan-Fried Quail and Nectarine Salad

From The Sporting Chef’s Favorite Wild Game Recipes cookbook. This recipe calls for quail, but any upland game bird will work nicely. Grill it outside and it will make a great appetizer to your summer feasts.

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Braised Rabbit with Cheese Stuffed Ravioli

This recipe was created by Chef Joe Shaw, one of Birmingham’s finest culinary artists and a close personal friend. Joe takes his cooking seriously. If you want to make your kitchen duty a bit easier, purchase pre-made fresh or frozen ravioli at the store. It’s best to first make the braising liquid, then the braised…

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braised squirrel

Braised Squirrel with Canterbury Sauce

I think you’ll like this braised squirrel recipe with mushrooms, bacon, and red wine. I love the smell of squirrel cooking, which may sound weird, but I’m not the only one. I’m surprised more people don’t cook with these little guys as they make great dishes. Low and slow is the way to cook squirrel…

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Wild Turkey, Asparagus and Mushroom Soup

A slow-cooker recipe that is will simmer for you while you are out in the woods or in the field. And this doesn’t make a heavy soup, so feel free to add fresh baked bread as a side or even a quick fresh lettuce salad.  

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Apple Roasted Wild Turkey

Overcooking a wild turkey will result in a dry and tasteless bird. A farm-raised domestic turkey derives more than thirty percent of its calories from fat. The wild bird has only 1 percent total fat…quite a difference. The best way to avoid overcooking any turkey – wild or domestic – is to use a meat…

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Citrus Glazed Wild Turkey Breasts

Contrary to what you may have heard, cooked wild turkey is not dry, but overcooked wild turkey certainly can be. Use your meat thermometer and remove the breasts from the oven when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Let the cooked breasts stand for a few minutes before slicing.

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Wild Turkey Breast with Tons of Garlic

Garlic is good. Egyptians fed it to their slaves to give them the endurance it takes to build a pyramid. I eat it because it tastes good and it keeps others from getting too close to me when I’m talking to them. This dish is all about garlic, tons of garlic. If you don’t want…

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Wild Pig Enchiladas

In my opinion, the best way to cook wild pig or boar is by slow roasting or slow smoking over natural wood coals. Something about the flavor of seasoned smoky fall-off-the-bone pig just makes my mouth water. The smoking/roasting method takes a little time, but it’s well worth it. If you don’t have a smoker,…

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