Another (rare) rainy day here and thinking about what to cook outside when the sun next shines. What’s your favorite wild game fare? Or, in light of our grandkids’ answer, what’s your most unusual favorite?
I just asked our three local grandkids whom we’re keeping this weekend what theirs was and they immediately and enthusiastically answered, “Panda!” (as in Panda Express 😉)
One fine morning in the duck blind in eastern Arkansas we were joined by a good friend who was a restauranteur in Forrest City. He loved to cook more than hunt ducks and would often go with us just to cook our breakfast. This particular morning he had a couple armloads of stuff loaded into the boat headed to the blind, including a small charcoal grill. By about 9 a.m. he said it was ready and we wanted to eat it while it was hot. He had made duck "rolls". They were absolutely the most heavenly duck blind breakfast of my life. Filleted mallard breast meat, sliced thin, and rolled up in the right "direction" to bite through tenderly, with ground sausage and cream cheese rolled into them before grilling. I'll never forget them, and make them occasionally for myself and friends. Just wonderful.
Aged venison loin grilled to medium rare (125 degrees) Sauteed mallard breast with Cumberland (cherry) sauce Squirrel parboiled then fried in butter, pan gravy to sop rolls in Smothered birds (braised quail)
Wild game = better than 5-star big city restaurant fare
I’ve never had much Sandhill, nor consistently. Maybe, it is just luck, but high heat seared, pinkish on the insides of a not too thick breast fillet. Just some sea salt sprinkled after it’s fairly thin sliced across the grain. We eat it finger food style, I guess not really as a meal. It’s a nice side dish to a game sampler type spread, I would say. I don’t think it’s ribeye, but I think it’s enjoyable, probably comes down to preference.
I’ve seen a fair bunch of nesting Sandhills, so the ones I’ve eaten, may not have done much migrating. It’s a huge contrast to diver duck, for my taste buds. I absolutely can’t get enough wing shooting Scaup, but I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t run into many, way down on the table fare list for me
Hard to beat bacon wrapped Dove but last week I Smoked a Splatchcock goose with candy-bacon over the breast. It was superb. Moist, Smokey meat, crispy skin with that candy bacon on top. Served with wild rice and grilled asparagus.
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