Yes, you fry pheasants! Here’s a recipe for pickle-brined, fried pheasant you’ll love. Works great with grouse and partridge, too.
There's more to Southern recipes than fried things, although good fried food like buttermilk fried quail is hard to beat. Here's my collection of Southern classics, mostly focusing on fish and wild game.
That's not to say you can't use them for supermarket meats, too. Pheasant and dumplings works just fine with a chicken, and Brunswick stew doesn't absolutely need squirrel.
I've taken a lot of inspiration from some of my friends and colleagues in the South, like Ronni Lundy and her book Victuals, and John Currence with his fantastic book Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey.
I have Louisiana classics like Creole okra gumbo, and venison sauce piquante, as well as Lowcountry specialties like chicken bog and pickled shrimp.
Appalachia is represented by recipes like sour corn, burgoo and squirrel hand pies, which are a bit like English pasties or Latin empanadas.
In all, there are almost 50 Southern favorites here. Enjoy!
A simple, spicy roasted okra recipe that leaves the okra crispy, not slimy. Roast okra with chiles, salt and a little oil.
This venison gumbo is dark, savory and rich, a classic Cajun gumbo with no tomato and a dark roux. It’s wonderful for cold nights. Note that there is no tomato in this gumbo. If you want a Cajun dish that does have tomato in it, try my recipe for Venison Sauce Piquante. Or if you
Virginia Brunswick Stew
This is real-deal, old school Brunswick stew, with squirrels and other assorted meats. It is a dish with real history, and some controversy.
Pan Seared Grouper
Simple pan seared grouper or other white fish, served with a hearts of palm salad and key lime browned butter sauce. It’s an ode to Florida.
Alabama White Sauce
Alabama white sauce is a white BBQ sauce almost always used with poultry. It is mainly a vinegar and mayonnaise sauce, with other spices.
Crab Deviled Eggs
A simple recipe for either party appetizers, a light lunch, or a snack. Beware: Crab deviled eggs are addictive.
Cream of Crab Soup
This is she crab soup without the roe, so it is cream of crab soup, with sherry, bay, a little seafood broth and lots of crab.