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Chocolomo. I just love saying the name. It’s a Mexican stew made with beef or venison, and it is amazing. The flavor is so deep and rich you just want to keep eating it. The secret? Char. There’s a whole lotta blackening going on here, and the result is a revelation.
The moment I shot my first javelina, I knew I needed to make cochinita pibil. My instincts were not wrong. This is slow cooked, pulled meat (normally pork) marinated in citrus and achiote (annato) paste. Damn good on tortillas with pickled red onions.
Why people hate on javelina I have no idea. They are excellent eating, and the infamous stink gland on their back is very easy to dispense with. Here’s what you need to know about cooking your “skunk pig.”
I would never have thought to do this recipe if it weren’t for my friend Jesse Griffiths in Texas, who does this with his blue-winged teal ducks. My version is different, more desert Southwest, but I am really happy with it. Great for dinner parties or for weeknight portions made on the weekend.
Cooking wild game is an exercise in dealing with variability. Every animal is different, and to bring out the best in your wild game you must come to terms with it.
If there is a more unloved game bird than the sea duck, I don’t know what it is. Treated as if they were puddle ducks, they earn that bad rep. But take them as they are and sea ducks can be good eating. Here’s what you need to know.
I love duck confit, but it can take a while to make. This is an easier way. If you roast duck legs with this method, you will get the same effect as confit but in less time. Meltingly tender meat with crisp skin. Do this recipe with either duck legs or goose legs.
Mole, pronounced “mole-ay,” is a set of masterful, rich and luxurious sauces from Mexico. There are seven great moles from Oaxaca in the south, and this is one of them. Mole chichilo is actually served with venison there, so I thought I’d recreate the recipe here for you. If you make it, you’re in for a treat.