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10 Delicious Wild Game Recipes for the Winter Holidays

by Game & Fish Online Staff   |  December 4th, 2017 0

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

Balsamic Cranberry Duck Recipe

Balsamic Cranberry Duck Recipe (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, “The Sporting Chef”)

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

Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe

Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, “The Sporting Chef”)

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
  • ⅔ cup olive oil

Get the Recipe: Easy Pheasant Caesar Salad Recipe


Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

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
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ 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

Bear Fat Pie Crust Recipe

Bear Fat Pie Crust Recipe

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

Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

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

Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Make your own croutons for this Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe by cutting leftover cornbread into cubes and baking them until evenly toasted.

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

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”)

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

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”)

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
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

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


Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe

Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe

Beer-Can Roasted Pheasant Recipe (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, “The Sporting Chef”)

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

Roasted Pumpkin Soap with Wild Boar Bacon Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Wild Boar Bacon Recipe (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

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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