- Wild Game
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.
I’d always been leery of the Slavic style of salt-pickled mushrooms. But I finally took the plunge and fermented my mushrooms Polish style, and damn but they’re good — especially with some rye bread and lots of vodka…
Behold the glory that is spickgans, a Pomeranian smoked goose breast that is at the pinnacle of German charcuterie. Goose, cured with juniper and black pepper and smoked over beech, oak or apple wood. The secret is in the shape, which makes it a delight to eat.
Forget hams and turkeys for Christmas. Roast a leg of venison instead. If you have a whole hind leg of a doe or small deer, this is a perfect recipe for the holidays. It’s a lot like roasting a leg of lamb.
Wiener schnitzel goes by many names, but whatever you call it, this is a bedrock recipe you need to know as a cook, whether you work with wild game or not. It’s quick comfort food that can be made with an array of meats, ranging from pheasant and wild boar to veal, pork or chicken.
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If there is one sauce you need to know as a wild game cook, it is Cumberland sauce. Savory, rich and a little sweet, it is a classic sauce for venison, duck, goose or any dark game meat. Learn this sauce by heart and you’ll never go wrong.
Hasenpfeffer. It is an iconic German dish that few have ever eaten in the traditional way. For to be a true hasenpfeffer, you need a “hase,” or hare. And while it’s still good with rabbit, don’t skip the semolina dumplings or you’ll be sad.
There is no freshwater fish I’d rather eat than a yellow perch, and I recently got a chance to fish for them in Lake Erie, near Cleveland. It was a blast, and to celebrate the Rust Belt city’s heritage, I made a Polish-style perch chowder with kielbasa, sour cream and dill.
Germans eat a lot of smoked meats, including bacon. But I failed to find “authentic” German bacon recipes, so I made up my own. This bacon turned out so well it made me want to dance around in a dirndl. OK, maybe not. But it is damn good.
No, this is not hasenpfeffer. This stew, which comes from Swabia in Southern Germany, is much lighter — almost summery — and is a great way to usher in cooler nights — and rabbit season.