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If you’ve never braised pheasant thighs, you’re missing out. Unlike the drumsticks, which can be fiddly, the thighs on pheasants (and wild turkeys) are sublime when slow cooked. This recipe is based on a French one and uses lots of mushrooms.
Belgian carbonnade flamande is one of that nation’s great gifts to world cuisine. It’s a dark, rich stew or braise that has a hint of sweet-sour-salty-spicy going on — and it’s fantastic with deer, elk or moose.
When life gives you the shanks from large deer, braise them whole. Cooked slow and low, shanks get so tender no knife is needed. This Austrian recipe is absolutely a keeper, if only for the sauerkraut alone: As you’ll see, it’s not your normal kraut.
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 […]
Barbacoa is a kind of Mexican barbecue where meats (usually beef) are wrapped in leaves with warming spices and baked in a pit. My version of barbacoa uses venison, but it tastes a lot like the barbacoa you’ll get at Chipotle or in regular Mexican restaurants – it’s an ideal taco or burrito meat.
Quite possibly the best thing to make with wild turkey drumsticks and wings, which can be uber tough and stringy. Braise them slowly until the meat falls off the bone, then pull the meat, crisp it and serve it in tacos or burritos.
This is about as classic Italian as it gets… except I’m using bear shanks instead of veal. Osso buco is one of the best uses of any large shank, be it elk, moose, a big deer or pig, and yes, black bear. Call it “orso buco.”
There is something about the combination of poultry and apples that just sings. This dish, Pheasant Normandy, is loaded with apple flavor and is larded with butter and cream. It requires no special technique or esoteric ingredients — it’s pure comfort food, and all it asks of you is a little time.