Upland Game Recipes

Grilled Quail Breasts, Cheese and Prosciutto

If you can’t find prosciutto – a dry-seasoned, cured Italian ham, use partially cooked bacon. The recipe calls for quail breasts only. This doesn’t mean that you throw the rest of the bird away. Season the legs the same as the breasts and toss them on the grill as well. The bodies are great for…

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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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Spicy Dove Lettuce Wrap

The biggest mistake in making lettuce wraps is overstuffing them – then your lettuce breaks and all hell breaks loose on your plate. Don’t let all hell break loose on your plate and stuff responsibly. Use Sriracha sauce if you are adventurous, and I know you are.

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Braised Pheasant Leg Lettuce Wraps

When making lettuce wraps, roll mixture in the lettuce leaf up carefully in your hand, folding the bottom edge over to keep most of the stuffing from falling out.  Keep in mind that lettuce wraps can be a little messy, but they’re great!

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Grouse with Spiced Cranberry Sauce

You can use reconstituted dried cranberries. If they are already sweetened, cut back on the sugar. I usually stock up on cranberries and freeze them. If you’d like a thicker sauce, use more cornstarch and wine. This recipe works for duck, pheasant, chicken and pork as well.  

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Parmesan-Crusted Pheasant with Leeks and Apples

Cooking game birds, including pheasants, is a little different from cooking other meats. Remember when cooking pheasant is that it doesn’t have nearly the same amount of fat as other meats, so make sure the birds do not dry out.

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