OK, I’ll admit it: I like Sad Panda’s orange chicken. The combination of crispy, sweet, spicy and tart is more or less crack cocaine to humans, and I am not immune. Here’s my version of that recipe, done with pheasant, grouse, quail, turkey or partridge.
Cajun or Creole dirty rice is the easiest way to start eating the giblets of the birds you bring home. The recipe gets its name from finely chopped liver that’s added to the rice, along with ground up hearts and gizzards. Basically this is Cajun fried rice. And it’s damn good.
Pan roasted partridges cooked simply and served with a my all-time favorite winter salad: radicchio, Belgian endive and bitter greens like dandelions. This is a bright, happy dinner to make on a cold winter night.
Pheasant soup. Pheasant noodle soup, to be exact. Why it’s taken me so long to post up this classic I have no idea. But it’s comfort food at it’s best: Easy to make, satisfying, and you’ll get leftovers.
Roast partridge, grouse or quail is a wonderful idea, but in practice the bird often comes out dry. Pan roasting is a far better way to roast game birds. This is by far the best way to cook upland birds, or small, skinny ducks like teal.
An ode to the ruffed grouse of the Northwoods, whether they’re in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan or Canada. This recipe relies on flavors familiar to this part of the world: wild rice, mushrooms, cranberries.
This is one of my favorite things to make with acorns, and for those of you who can’t do wheat, it’s gluten free. My acorn soup really shines with the garnishes of sour cream, slices of grouse (or chicken), and some fancy oil.
No other small game animal has evaded me like the blue grouse of the Western High Country. But persistence, and a healthy bit of luck, can pay off — even at 8500 feet.