- Wild Game
Ducks and Geese
It seems like ages since I first wrote about this recipe, and it has been — at least in blogging time. I first posted a version of this dish back in early 2008, and it was so popular it even got written up in Field & Stream. But time marches on, and now I look […]
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.
Wood ducks are both beautiful and tasty; and if you know much about them, you know they love acorns above all else. So I felt I needed to make a wood duck recipe that highlighted that. Wood duck, with acorn dumplings and a winter salsa.
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.
Last month I hunted tundra swans in Utah, and we ate our bird for Christmas dinner. When I tell people I have hunted and eaten swan I get reactions sunning the gamut from excited interest to full-on horror. Few animals carry the cultural baggage that swans do, and even I am not immune to these mixed feelings.
How to roast a duck so that you get crispy skin and meat that isn’t horribly overcooked. There are nuances to this, so read on. Oh, and sorry: This only works with wild ducks.
Geese are not ducks, nor is goose hunting like duck hunting. Geese are far tougher to fool, far tougher to kill. But when it all works, there is nothing else that thrills me more. I had such a hunt last week.
Of all the dishes I have made over the years, this one might just be my signature: Duck heart tartare, puttanesca style. I know, it sounds awful, even slightly dangerous. I can assure you it isn’t.
When life gives you a roast duck or goose, or, even better, a smoked duck or goose, you could do a whole lot worse than make this clean, simple German soup. Riebele dumplings are a little like spaetzle, but are firmer and smaller.
Fall has finally hit, and I find myself in the Upper Midwest: wild rice country. It seems amazing that after all these years, I don’t have a recipe pairing wild rice and duck, which is a classic. Well, better late than never.