Upland Game Recipes

Dove Ravioli with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette

Don’t let the name of this recipe scare you off. It’s much easier than it may sound to make your own ravioli and a great way to stretch your doves if you’re a few birds shy of a limit. Add a side salad and some crunchy bread to finish this meal.

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Becker’s Pit Taco Dorito Salad

Another great chilly-weather duck camp type of recipe. Thanks to Don and Lorraine Becker for this great taco salad-in-a-bag recipe. Donny and the gang enjoyed this recipe on a cold winter day in the warmth of Becker’s waterfowl wonderland.

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Pheasant and Leek Soup

Too many hunters discard valuable ingredients when not using, for instance, the carcass of a pheasant to make a delicious stock or sauce. Try roasting your pheasant scraps in much the same way as is called for in this recipe. Simmer the bones until the broth is thick and concentrated. Stain broth into ice cube…

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Dove with Raspberry Vinaigrette

This recipe is so easy and yet so delicious that I’m almost embarrassed to share it with anyone. I suggest that you play around with this one by substituting different vinegars, preserves, fruits, etc. I like to marinade the doves for about twenty-four hours in the refrigerator, but you can get away with marinating for…

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For Jack, My Dog…A Quail Recipe

There are those who consider hunting dogs only a tool to help locate and retrieve game. During the off-season, their dogs sit in kennels. On a good day, they get a pat on the head, a friendly whistle or perhaps some table scraps. They are ready to take to the field in a second, giving…

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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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Quail Won Tons with Orange Sauce

If it’s crispy, it’s usually fried. In this case, you take some chopped up quail breast, throw in a few other ingredients like jack cheese, wrap it all up in a won ton wrapper and fry it until it’s golden brown and crunchy. This recipe is also a great way to use slow-roasted pulled turkey…

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Rabbit Braised with Pears

Braised Rabbit with Pears

In most parts of the country, rabbit dishes are not as popular as other game animals. Big game, upland birds and waterfowl seem to be to quarry of choice for most American hunters. I suppose that doesn’t upset the rabbits all that much. I suspect they would rather hang out with their buddies than in…

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Smoked Quail Salad

Smoky quail, just cooked and still tender, tossed with a spirited vinaigrette and served atop a mound of crisp lettuce – delicious! To smoke your game, use a Camp Chef smoke vault to get mesquite, hickory or other flavors into your meats.

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