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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.
Most of us know about duck confit — where you salt duck legs, then slow cook them in duck fat until they are meltingly tender, then you crisp them up in a hot oven? Yeah, that’s confit. There’s a reason it’s all over restaurant menus, but check it: This process works great with pheasant and other upland game birds, too!
Posted in Charcuterie, Featured, French, Pheasant, Grouse, Quail, Recipe, Wild Game | Tagged classic recipes, French Recipes, grouse, partridges, pheasant, preserved foods, quail, turkey recipes | 12 Responses
Hanging upland game birds is a lot like dry-aging beef: It concentrates and refines flavors, tenderizes meat and generally transforms a pheasant from a rather boring chicken into a bird fit for a king. Here’s how to do it safely.
Another good recipe for the dog days of August: Grouse salad with Sungold tomatoes and barley. It’s meant to be eaten warm or at room temperature, on the porch at sunset, beer in hand.
I never used to think chicken and dumplings was worth making. But I was wrong, and the dish is even better with pheasant or grouse.
To pluck or skin? It’s a question all bird hunters face. Most of a bird’s distinctive flavor is in its skin and fat, but plucking can be tricky. Here’s how to go about it.
Posted in Culinary Experiments, Ducks and Geese, Pheasant, Grouse, Quail, Wild Game | Tagged chukar, doves and pigeons, ducks, goose recipes, grouse, partridges, pheasant, snipe, turkey recipes, woodcock | 35 Responses
I hunted grouse in Minnesota last weekend, but did not shoot one. That’s OK, because what I really needed in the Northwoods was quiet – and to escape the world within the comforts of cooking.
Posted in Foraging, Hunting & Fishing Stories, Mushrooms, Northern European, Pheasant, Grouse, Quail, Recipe, Wild Game | Tagged Foraging, German and Scandinavian Recipes, grouse, Hunting and Fishing Stories, mushrooms, Wild Game | 13 Responses
Sharptail grouse is strong-tasting, but I love it, especially when paired with flavors from the prairie where it lives: Wheat, sunflower seeds, wild onion and a rose hip glaze.