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.
Wild turkey tamales? You bet. And to make these even more autumnal, I add roast pumpkin or squash to the masa.
Few places celebrate turkey like Mexico. It is where the turkey was domesticated, and there are scores of great recipes for these birds there. This is a traditional Yucatan turkey recipe, using legs, thighs and wings that are marinated, grilled, then braised.
Quite possibly the best thing to make with wild turkey drumsticks and wings, which can be really tough and stringy. Braise them slowly until the meat falls off the bone, then pull the meat, crisp it and serve it in tacos or burritos.
In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk with turkey hunting expert Tony Caggiano. Yep, it’s turkey season, but there’s a whole lot more to talk about when two New York-New Jersey natives start jawing about the outdoors…
Wild turkey meat can get dry if you don’t do things just right. But a long brine and a cool smoke does wonders for the breast meat. Trussing improves things even more, and the result is a primo sandwich meat for your lunches!
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!
If you’re having a quiet Thanksgiving, maybe just the two of you, you don’t need a whole turkey. Instead, gently poach the turkey breast and serve it with a rich gravy made from turkey wings. And while I used wild turkey, any ole’ gobbler will work.