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Hungarians like their paprika. They put it in everything, even salami. I happen to love this salami: Tangy, zippy with paprika and garlic but not overly spicy. Normally this is a pork salami, but I’ve done it with duck here. Most meats will work.
Germany is the land of 1,000 sausages, and this is a good one. Actually, my bockwurst recipe is definitely more German-American than traditional. Here in the US, bockwurst isn’t smoked very often, and it is a softish sausage that has cream, eggs, parsley and chives. This recipe works with any meat, but I did it with snow geese.
Most of us know about duck confit — where you salt duck legs, then slow cook them in duck fat until they are meltingly tender, then you crisp them up in a hot oven? Yeah, that’s confit. There’s a reason it’s all over restaurant menus, but check it: This process works great with pheasant and other upland game birds, too!
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To celebrate the release of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” which has quite a few recipes that involve ground duck or goose, I am teaming up with Weston Products to give away a free, commercial grade meat grinder. Read on for the details…
Salmon candy is a special kind of smoked salmon that’s been cut into strips, dry cured with sugar and salt, painted with birch or maple syrup, then heavily smoked almost to the point of jerky. It’s one of the more addictive trail foods ever made by humankind.
Lots of people made duck or goose “prosciutto” with the breast. But the real magic is in this Northern Italian ham made with the goose’s leg and thigh. Unlike the breast, this can hang for the better part of a year. Let it age that long and it tastes like eating silk.
One of the cool things about salmon is that it is rich enough to make rillettes with, especially when you use belly meat and the trim from around the bones. This is a pretty classic version, with both smoked and fresh salmon or steelhead trout.
Few sausages are as iconic as Polish kielbasa. There are as many variations as there are cooks — even an official government-approved recipe, which I used as my inspiration. This one is pure smoky awesomeness.
I could eat these all day long. Tangy, smoky and addicting, kabanosy, a Polish smoked meat stick, is what a Slim Jim dreams about when it sleeps at night. You want to make these. Now.
My life is governed by the near-constant need to process, butcher and store the fish and game we bring home. This is the Imperative of Protein, and while it is indeed hard work, I would not choose to live any other way.