10 Delicious Wild Game Recipes for the Winter Holidays

10 Delicious Wild Game Recipes for the Winter Holidays

Show friends and family you're as good of a cook as you are a hunter by serving these wild game recipes from Scott Leysath and Steven Rinella

This holiday season, trade out that grocery store bird for a gobbler, pheasant or duck you earned in the field. Add wild boar, bear or venison into the mix and you'll be setting the stage for a meal made of memories.

Have the meat, but don't have the game to turn wild into mouthwatering?

Create a master table spread with these wild game recipes from Sportsman Channel TV show hosts, Scott Leysath of The Sporting Chef and Steven Rinella of MeatEater.

Balsamic Cranberry Duck Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91413" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Balsamic Cranberry Duck Recipe Balsamic Cranberry Duck Recipe (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, "The Sporting Chef")[/caption]

Tender and juicy duck breasts with a sweet and sour balsamic cranberry sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 large duck breast half fillets
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Get the Recipe: Balsamic Cranberry Duck Recipe


Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91350" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, "The Sporting Chef")[/caption]

The perfect salad recipe to use up leftover upland game birds like pheasant, quail or dove.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • â…” cup olive oil

Get the Recipe: Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe


Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91268" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)[/caption]

Slices of seared duck breast are drizzled in a wonderful, sweet Guinness honey sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 mallard breasts, plucked
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • â…› teaspoon nutmeg
  • â…› teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Get the Recipe: Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe 


Bear Fat Pie Crust Recipe

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A simple recipe for pie crust featuring rendered bear fat.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chilled bear fat
  • ½ cup cold milk

Get the Recipe: Bear Fat Pie Crust Recipe


Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91335" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella) Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)[/caption]

A recipe for homemade mincemeat pie made with ground venison, fruit, spices and brandy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground cooked venison
  • 3 cups chopped tart apples
  • 1 cup chopped suet (can substitute pork back fat)
  • ¾ cup seedless raisins
  • ¾ cup currants
  • ¾ to 1 cup stock
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons apple or beach plum jelly
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg (or mace)
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup cider
  • Brandy, to taste
  • Bear fat pie crust

Get the Recipe: Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe


Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe

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A flavorful stuffing recipe featuring ground wild boar sausage, cornbread croutons, vegetables and herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground wild boar sausage
  • 1 ½ large onions, diced
  • 2 small, trimmed, thinly-sliced leeks
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 quart cornbread croutons
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, minced sage leaves (or substitute ½ teaspoon dried rubbed sage)
  • ¾ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Get the Recipe: Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe


Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91420" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast Recipe For a satisfying meal, stuff wild turkey breast with wild boar sausage stuffing and serve with your favorite sides. (Photo courtesy of "The Sporting Chef")[/caption]

This recipe for stuffed wild turkey breast is even better when topped with gravy made from roasted wild turkey stock.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup stuffing
  • 4 wild turkey breast halves, boneless and butterflied (skin on or off)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bacon strips (optional)

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast Recipe


Wild Turkey, Apple and Gorgonzola Salad Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91422" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Wild Turkey, Apple and Gorgonzola Salad Recipe A simple, healthy and delicious salad recipe made with leftover wild turkey, crisp apple slices and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. (Photo courtesy of "The Sporting Chef")[/caption]

Make good use of your wild turkey leftovers '“ toss the pulled meat from legs, thighs and carcasses into this delectable apple and Gorgonzola salad recipe.

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • â…“ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey, Apple and Gorgonzola Salad Recipe


Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91404" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, "The Sporting Chef")[/caption]

Cooking a whole pheasant with a can of beer is fun and results in a flavorful, juicy bird with crispy skin, plus it's a heck of a lot easier than deep-frying.

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 2 whole pheasants, skin intact
  • ¼ cup fresh, chopped rosemary leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh, chopped rosemary leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, sliced and diced
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cans of beer

Get the Recipe: Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe


Roasted Pumpkin Soap with Wild Boar Bacon Recipe

[caption id="attachment_91421" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Roasted Pumpkin Soap with Wild Boar Bacon Recipe Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Wild Boar Bacon Recipe (Photo courtesy of "The Sporting Chef")[/caption]

A savory, hearty soup recipe made with real pumpkin and wild boar bacon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4- to 5-pound) pumpkin, cut in half, seeds removed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups wild boar bacon, diced and browned

Get the Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Soap with Wild Boar Bacon Recipe

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