Tenderloins are morsels to be treasured. For those of you who don’t know, the tenderloin is a small strip of meat on the underside of an animal’s back; it does very little work, and as such is always meltingly tender. Thus the name. It is filet mignon. It is also a cut that I rarely
Wild Game Recipes
Award-winning chef and author Hank Shaw's collection of wild game recipes. These wild game recipes cover venison, duck, goose, pheasant, rabbit and more.
Hundreds and hundreds of recipes for virtually every game animal in North America, ranging from a large selection of venison recipes, to recipes for ducks and geese, rabbits, squirrels and hares, as well as wild hogs, doves and basically every upland game bird there is.
Salmis (Sal-me) is one of those classic French preparations I love to make whenever the weather turns cool. We’ve actually had cold weather here in Sacramento — the mercury dipped to 42 degrees this morning. That’s cold for here at this time of year. As we are on our “empty the freezer” binge, I thought
This is what I do with the livers of the deer and wild pigs I shoot. Mazzafegati is a soft, sweetish liver sausage from Umbria, in central Italy. Think of it as a mild-tasting version of Mexican chorizo. I first made a version of this in 2006 when I shot my first wild boar, and
Skewered venison is about as old school as it gets. Whatever humans were before they were fully human realized shortly after mastering fire that sticking the meat of whatever deer were before they were fully deer onto a stick and roasting it was pretty darn tasty. Some things don’t change. I file this recipe under
When life gives you a turkey, make turkey broth. Whether you are a hunter or not, most of us bring home only a few turkeys in any given year, so you owe it to yourself to make a nice broth from the carcass. You can make broth from a skinned or plucked turkey, and you
I am happy to report that the morel mushrooms in this venison steak were not the only ones we found in our front yard. Since I cooked this dish last weekend, we’ve found six more. Woo hoo! Morels are the best mushroom to pair with red meat like steak or, in this case, whitetail venison. They
Making stocks and broths are among the core skills of any good cook, and it is a labor or love I embrace wholly. As a hunter, angler and a gardener, I can often make a first-class stock solely with ingredients I’ve grown, caught or shot. This to me is deeply satisfying. Venison stock is one
Is there a meal more comforting than spaghetti and meatballs? Not in my world. It is my go-to dish when I tire of the trendy or the technically difficult. I grew up in New Jersey, where spaghetti and meatballs is on someone’s table 365 days a year, and everyone has his own version: Vermicelli