Wild Turkey Recipes

A Tough Way to Cook Your Goose!

This is a occasional focus of this blog:  Recipes for Wild Game

Half the fun of catching your own game is preparing it in new ways.


Fillet of Wild Turkey

1 wild turkey breast, skin removed

Buttermilk *

All-purpose flour

Salt and pepper

olive oil or vegetable oil for frying

Remove breast fillets from wild turkey, using a sharp boning knife.  Cut fillets in 3/8 inch thick slices, cutting across the grain.

Then cut those slices into 2 inch pieces.  Marinate the pieces in buttermilk for at least 2 to 3 hours.

Combine flour, salt and pepper.  Drain turkey slices, dredge in seasoned flour and fry in 1/2 inch (depth) of oil  for 3 – 5 minutes per side, turning once.  Drain on paper towels.

* Note: Buttermilk is a great tenderizer for wild game.  We usually marinate our game in buttermilk overnight.


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Wild Turkey Chili

2 and 1/2 lbs. boned turkey, cubed

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper (may use green, red, yellow peppers)

olive oil or vegetable oil

1 Tables. salt

1 Tables. chili powder

1 and 1/2 teasp. garlic powder

2 cups water

1/2 cup Wild Turkey bourbon

4 cups tomato puree

2 pounds kidney beans, cooked and drained **

1 (16 oz.) package Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated

Saute turkey cubes, onion and green pepper in oil for 5 – 6 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and onions are softened.  Stir in seasonings.

Transfer turkey mixture to stockpot (slow cooker – directions below). Add water, bourbon, tomato puree and beans.

Simmer, covered, for 1 hour or longer. Serve each bowl with grated cheese.

Serves:  10 to 12

Crock pot directions: Saute turkey cubes in oil until turkey is no longer pink (in a skillet).

Add onion and green pepper to slow cooker.  Add turkey on top of vegetables.  Add water and bourbon, tomato puree and kidney beans to pot.  Simmer, covered for 6 to 10 hours.

Add spices during the last 30 minutes in the slow cooker. (Adding spices at the beginning will cook the spices away.)

This usually tastes better on the 2nd day!

** Note: In a hurry?  2 cans of kidney beans works fine, instead of cooking your own.


* Archibald Rutledge (1883-1973), according to Wikipedia, was a South Carolina poet laureate.

He is remembered as one of America’s best-loved outdoor writers. His short stories appeared in Outdoor Life and Field and Stream, plus he wrote more than 50 books including An American Hunter (1937).


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Recipes: Just Ducky with Wild Duck



Our American Heritage


As promised, this is a recipe for barbecued duck, copied years ago from American Rifleman (October 1978)

Chesapeake Barbecued Duck

Split whole ducks in halves; flatten with side of cleaver.

Place on rack in flat bake pan and bake @ 375 degrees for 1 hour. Baste every 10 minutes with BBQ Sauce (recipe is next). Turn and cook other side for 1 hour. Continue basting.

BBQ Sauce (for Wild Duck)

1/2 pound of butter                              ground pepper, to taste

1/2 cup catsup                                     1tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. sugar – brown                          1 clove pressed garlic

1 and 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice                 1 small onion – chopped

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce                 1/2 tsp. Tabasco Sauce

Mix ingredients and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer sauce, covered, for 5 minutes. Makes enough sauce for 4 duck halves.


Roast Wild Duck *

* Taken from The Houston Chronicle, Food Section, late1970’s or 1980

1 (3 to 5 pound) wild duck

salt and pepper

1 small onion, sliced

1 medium apple, sliced

Wine or orange juice

Season duck inside and out with salt and pepper. Put onion and apple into cavity of duck. Place on rack of roasting pan. Do not cover. (If it is an old bird, cover for the last half of the cooking time.)

Do not add water. Cook at 325 degrees for 2 – 3 hours, or until tender. Baste occasionally with wine or orange juice. Remove apple and onion before serving. Serves 6.


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Turn Wild Birds into Gourmet Fare (2 of 2)

Here’s another great recipe for doves.

Dove and Sausage Gumbo

15 dove breasts

1 (10.5 oz) can consomme

1 beef-flavored bouillon cube

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 cups finely chopped onion

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 to 2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp. dried whole basil

1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning

1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1/8 tsp. ground red pepper

1/8 tsp. ground allspice

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

3/4 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4″ slices

1/4 cup dry red wine

1/8 tsp. hot sauce

Hot cooked rice

Place dove breasts in Dutch oven and cover with water; boil  about 10 minutes. Cool and remove meat from bones.  Reserve cooking liquid in Dutch oven, adding water if necessary to make 2 and 1/4 cups liquid. Set meat aside.

Add consomme and bouillon cube to Dutch oven. Cook until bouillon cube is dissolved.

Brown dove in hot oil in a large skillet; drain well.  Pour off all but 1/4 cup oil. Add flour to reserved oil, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until roux is the color of a  copper penny (about 10 to 15 minutes).

Gradually add about 1 and 1/2 cups of consomme mixture to roux; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in onion and celery and cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add roux mixture to remaining consomme mixture and stir well. Stir in next 9 ingredients (Worcestershire to cloves).

Brown sausage and drain well. Stir sausage and dove into roux mixture, simmer  1 and 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add wine & hot sauce, stir well.

Remove bay leaves, adjust seasonings and serve gumbo over rice. Yield: about 1 and 3/4 quarts (about 1/2 gallon). Freezes well, gumbo is better tasting the second day than the first!


Sherry Duck

(This is very flexible – yet the results are wonderful.  As you can see, this is a very casual recipe!   Folks with OCD {Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder} will have a hard time deciding how much of each ingredient to use!)

butter OR Crisco

pepper & seasoned salt

2 or 3 strips of bacon (don’t use turkey bacon – it lacks the fat necessary to moisturize the meat)

Chopped: apple, onion  & celery

Mix chopped items, sprinkle with a bit of seasoned salt and add to the cavity of the duck(s).  Spread butter or crisco, salt and pepper on the top of duck(s); place in covered roaster.

Pour water until there’s about 1/4 inch of water in the bottom of the roaster (around the ducks) and put 2 – 3 strips of bacon across the ducks. Cook covered at 400 degrees for 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours — check on water occasionally (don’t let the pan/roaster dry out).

Let ducks sit for ~ 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with this sauce poured over slices.

Sherry Duck Sauce

1 stick butter

3 Tbls. currant jelly

3 caps of Sherry wine

1 Tbls. spicy mustard

Mix together, heat and serve over ducks, as desired.


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