10 Amazing Game & Fish Recipes for the Holidays

Wow your guests this holiday season with these scrumptious wild game and fish recipes from Chef Tom Minchella!

10 Amazing Game & Fish Recipes for the Holidays
'Tis the season to eat good food and be merry! Try one of these amazing Game & Fish recipes this holiday season. (Shutterstock photo)
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What better place to serve up some of your hard-earned kills or catches than around the holiday dinner table? We asked our friend Tom Minchella, head chef at McKendrick's Steakhouse in Dunwoody, Ga., what his favorite wild game and fish recipes are for the holidays and here's what he came up with. Chef Tom's got everything from balsamic roast quail with chestnut stuffing if you're feeling fancy to good old fashioned venison chili for frigid winter nights.


Balsamic Roast Quail with Sage Chestnut Stuffing

Balsamic Roast Quail with Sage Chestnut Stuffing Recipe
Serve this Balsamic Roast Quail with Sage Chestnut Stuffing Recipe with a side of glazed baby carrots (recipe below). (Photo courtesy of Tom Minchella)

This Balsamic Roast Quail with Sage Chestnut Stuffing Recipe is the perfect recipe for a festive, fancy feast this season.

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • ½ pound fresh chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 6 slices stale bread, broken into pieces
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Quail Ingredients:

  • 8 fresh quail
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Get the recipe: Balsamic Roast Quail with Sage Chestnut Stuffing Recipe



Glazed Baby Carrots with Thyme

Glazed Baby Carrots with Thyme Recipe
Glazed Baby Carrots with Thyme Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

If you're in search of a healthy side dish that will taste like dessert, this Glazed Baby Carrots with Thyme Recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby carrots with the tops
  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Get the recipe: Glazed Baby Carrots with Thyme Recipe



Bacon-Wrapped Poussin

Bacon-Wrapped Poussin Recipe
Bacon-Wrapped Poussin Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

For an elegant dinner for two, roast individual poussin in bacon until golden brown and serve with oven-roasted okra.

Brine Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups water, chilled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, smashed
  • ¼ cup kosher salt

Poussin Ingredients:

  • 2 whole poussin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices smoked bacon

Get the recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Poussin Recipe


Baked Fresh Rainbow Trout with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Baked Fresh Rainbow Trout with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe
Baked Fresh Rainbow Trout with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

This baked rainbow trout would be good by itself, but adding Brussels sprouts and bacon makes it that much better.

Brussels Sprouts Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • ¼ pound bacon, diced
  • 1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
  • 1 small red onion, peeled & sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Rainbow Trout Ingredients:

  • 2 rainbow trout fillets, about 1 pound each
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Almond Brown Butter Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup sliced blanched almonds, toasted
  • ½ lemon

Get the recipe: Baked Fresh Rainbow Trout with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe


Orange and Soy Roasted Duck Legs with Risotto

Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe
Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

Serve these orange and soy roasted duck legs with a buttery and cheesy risotto.

Duck Ingredients:

  • 4 duck legs
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ⅛ cup soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Risotto Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup good Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Get the recipe: Orange and Soy Roasted Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe



Frog Legs Provençal

Glazed Baby Carrots with Thyme Recipe
Frog Legs Provençal Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

Searing frog legs with butter and garlic is the best way to make this traditional French dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh frog legs, feet removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • ¾ cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives

Get the recipe: Frog Legs Provençal Recipe



Pheasant Breast Piccata

Pheasant Breast Piccata Recipe
Pheasant Breast Piccata Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

Make this piccata recipe by sautéing pheasant breasts with lemon zest, capers and white wine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pound boneless skinless pheasant breast
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon zest and slice
  • ¼ cup drained capers
  • 3 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Get the recipe: Pheasant Breast Piccata Recipe


Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili

Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe
Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

This hearty venison chili is filled with a blend of full-bodied flavors and spices.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh venison, ground
  • 6 slices smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked ancho chili powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can dark beer
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cooked kidney beans
  • ¼ pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 bunch scallion, chopped

Get the recipe: Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe


Seared Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce

Seared Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce Recipe
Seared Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

The creamy mustard sauce in this recipe pairs nicely with the earthy, meaty flavor of the rabbit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large rabbit
  • ½ cup flour
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons Creole whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Get the recipe: Seared Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce Recipe


Smoked Fish Chowder

Smoked Fish Chowder Recipe
Smoked Fish Chowder Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

Make this tasty, creamy chowder recipe with smoked haddock or your favorite smoked fish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small smoked fish
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled, sliced thin
  • 2 medium sweet onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, washed and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups half and half
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • 2 teaspoons of Lea and Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce

Get the recipe: Smoked Fish Chowder Recipe

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