Dove Breast Jagerschnitzel

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Jägerschnitzel means “hunter’s cutlets” in German, so why not adapt this Teutonic classic for dove breast?

I did this recipe after slicing the breast meat off a bunch of doves I wanted to make a rich broth with, and in so doing found myself with what many dove hunters do routinely: cook with boneless dove breasts. I rarely breast my doves (or any bird), and didn’t want to make poppers. So a traditional jägerschnitzel came to mind.

At its heart, jägerschnitzel, is a thin cutlet of meat served with a mushroom gravy, or in this case lots of little bite-sized cutlets. And while this is a great recipe for boneless dove breasts, like I said, any meat works.

What does it taste like? Damn good is what it tastes like. If your heat is high enough when you cook the dove breast, they will still be pink in the center, like a dove should be. And the mushroom gravy is, well gravy, man — and who doesn’t like gravy?

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I love using chanterelles with jägerschnitzel, as this is traditional. If you can find them, use chanties: They taste wonderful, almost fruity, and look pretty on the plate. But don’t let a lack of chanterelles put you off from making this recipe. Any mushroom will do.

So give this one a go this dove season. And if you run out of dove breast before you get to it, use any old meat, pounded thin of course. You won’t be sorry if you do.

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dove breast recipe
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Dove Schnitzel

While this is a dove breast recipe, you can use pretty much any meat you want. Über traditional Germans use veal or pork, but the 18th century origin of jägerschnitzel is venison. I have a venison-specific jagerschnitzel recipe here. What to serve with this? Potatoes would be typical, but good bread or hell, even rice would be fine. You want something to sop up all that sauce. A light red wine or a German beer would be what you'd want to drink here.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4 people
Author: Hank Shaw
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • Breast meat from 12 to 16 doves
  • Salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds chanterelles or other fresh mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 tablespoons bacon fat, lard or butter, divided
  • Flour for dusting (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup dove, duck or beef stock
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Place each dove breast between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Do this firmly, but don’t wail on the meat or you will tear it.
  • Set a large frying pan over high heat for 1 minute, then add the mushrooms to the hot, dry pan. Shake them around so they don’t stick too much and cook the mushrooms until they give up their water, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat and onions and stir-fry everything until the onions begin to brown, about 4 minutes. Remove the mushrooms and onions and set aside.
  • Dust the dove breasts in flour if you want to. Add the remaining fat to the pan and let it heat over medium-high heat. Do not let it smoke. Sear the cutlets for 1 minute on the first side. Keep them from curling up with a spatula. Flip the cutlets and sear another minute for medium doneness. Remove the cutlets to a plate and put them in an oven set to "warm."
  • Add the 2 tablespoons flour and mix with the fat in the pan. Turn the heat to medium and let the flour-and-fat mixture cook until it is the color of coffee-with-cream. Slowly pour in the stock, plus any juices that have come off the cutlets while they rest. You should have a thick gravy. If it is thin, let this boil down a minute or two. If it is really thick, turn off the heat, wait for the sauce to stop bubbling and stir in the sour cream. Add the mushrooms and onions back to the pan and toss to coat in the sauce. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Pour this over the cutlets and serve at once. Garnish with a little parsley.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Hi Hank. Been following you for awhile. I’m not a hunter or a forager but I have enjoyed using many of your techniques. I substituted chicken thighs for the dove breasts and of course the cooking of the meat took longer. I used duck fat instead of bacon fat which I didn’t have, otherwise followed the recipe. The dish turned out fine but I would say the sauce was a bit flat. It could have used something to pump up the flavor of the mushroom sauce; maybe a lot more garlic and/or some brandy, soy sauce, szechuan pepper, grated lemon rind. Will make some alterations and report back.

    Sherrill

  2. Hank,
    This recipe is comforting and savory- all the things you want from fall dove season (as I work to clean out the deep freeze from the last bits of the previous year). I have done you a disservice, though, since this is the first time I have commented; although I have prepared many of your recipes, each of which I have adored and never had to alter, as I do with most bloggers. Your approach and honor of the animals, plants and process is authentically inspiring. Thank you. Cheers!

  3. Hank,
    I love fried dove medallions, but have also cooked my doves using a similar technique to yours for years. Of course with the bacon fat, and technique of adding juices, yours sounds better. I hope the birds are flying this week so I can try it your way. I am one of the cooks who like cutting dove medallions (breast filet away from the bone) because I almost never miss a shot pellet while cleaning the birds, can control the inner temp better, and don’t worry about the occasional overcooked breast meat or underdone inner meat that happens when I am working with a whole breast still on the keel-bone.
    Thanks for a great recipe, keep up the good work!