Lots of people made duck or goose “prosciutto” with the breast. But the real magic is in this Northern Italian ham made with the goose’s leg and thigh. Unlike the breast, this can hang for the better part of a year. Let it age that long and it tastes like eating silk.
Behold the glory that is spickgans, a Pomeranian smoked goose breast that is at the pinnacle of German charcuterie. Goose, cured with juniper and black pepper and smoked over beech, oak or apple wood. The secret is in the shape, which makes it a delight to eat.
This is one of the easiest charcuterie projects you can undertake, and it has been one of my more popular recipes. But I’ve learned a lot about making duck prosciutto since I first started doing it in 2007, and there is definitely a difference between good duck ham and great duck ham.
Who doesn’t love jerky? Good jerky – dry but not brittle, spicy but not overpowering – is God’s gift to road food. Once made, this wild duck jerky will keep for months.
I didn’t set out to make a wild duck hot dog. All I wanted to do was make an all-duck sausage, and that means you need to emulsify it, like a hot dog. Who knew my spice mix was the secret of hot dogs?
Snow geese rule the winter skies in Northern California. They are among the hardest birds to hunt — and are among the most challenging to cook.
If you have never smoked a duck before you really ought to. Duck and goose lend themselves to the caresses of smoke: They’re rich, fatty and are wonderful as leftovers in sandwiches.
‘Tis the season for slow braises and duck hunting. I first posted this recipe back in 2007, but I’ve come a long way since then. Here is an updated, streamlined version.