Upland Game Recipes

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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Caesar Pheasant Salad

Easy Caesar Salad with Pheasant

Great way to use up leftover upland game birds like pheasant, quail or dove. If smoked, even better. If you have leftover pheasant that you end up not using, then freeze it using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer – try their outdoor editions, especially made for hunters.  

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Smoked Wild Turkey Lettuce Cups

While you can prepare this recipe with raw, not smoke-flavored wild turkey breast fillets, a mild smoke really does make it mo betta. We soaked our turkey breasts in a brine of 1 quart water, 1/4 cup garlic salt.

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Tomato, Basil and Lemon Marinated Doves

Enough with the bacon-wrapped doves already.  I get it.  It’s good.  But there are many other ways to grill these lean, dark sky darts.  Here’s one of my favorites.  Don’t forget to zest the lemons before squeezing out the juice!

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