- Wild Game
We had some epic frog gigging last week up at Lake Tahoe. Yeah, I know, not a place you’d associate with hunting bullfrogs. But that just made it more fun. And once we got ‘em, I just had to cook the frog legs in the classic French method. Call me a frog, eh?
If you have bullfrogs near you — and chances are you do — you could do a lot worse than gigging yourself a bunch of frogs for dinner. They actually do taste a little like chicken. But how to go from slimy frog to yummy frog’s legs? Here’s how.
Chunks of venison marinated in North African harissa and skewered with vegetables. Grilled right, this is about as good as it gets for a summertime dinner of wild game.
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.
Seared pheasant breast with a refined parsley sauce I learned from the French Laundry’s cookbook. It’s an elegant way to sex up a simple seared piece of pheasant.
Quail barbecued slow and low with Arizona sauce. What is Arizona sauce, you say? All that is good about the wild foods of the Southwest: mesquite honey, tequila, and wild chiltepin chiles.
Few dishes speak to the heart of Hunan province in China as does red-cooked pork. It is a masterfully slow-cooked stew of pork belly, and in this case either wild boar or black bear belly, gently transformed into melting magic. It’s one of the best Chinese dishes on this site. I guarantee it.
Beef or venison tartare is the “trust fall” of the culinary world: Raw meat and a raw egg yolk. If your ingredients are not impeccable, things can go very, very wrong. But done right, this is at once a primal and exciting little appetizer.
This is my version of a dish I had at Perbacco in San Francisco a few weeks ago. It’s so simple, but is a great combination. And if you’ve never made homemade spaetzle, it’s easier than you think.
If you like fried chicken, you’ll love fried quail. This is a Southern style recipe, where you marinate the quail in buttermilk, then fry it in a cast-iron pan. Pure Southern comfort food…