I usually breast out all my game birds.
Duck: I treat puddle ducks like fine steak. Sometimes I marinate them in the fridge for a few hours with Italian salad dressing or red wine vinegar. Grill medium-rare. Serve with whatever you like to have with steak. Give friends that have never eaten wild duck a taste. Tell them it's a piece of steak you got from a fancy butcher. They will have new-found respect for hunting. Sometimes I make an awesome woodie samitch on garlic bread with sautéed onions after a hunt. But, more often lately when I get home I fall asleep until well past dark.
<font color="#FFFF00">Note: With few exceptions, don't give friends a diver. That's for your 4-legged hunting buddy. If fido still doesn't want it, wrap it in a slice of cheese first.</font>
Canada Goose: Goose breasts are usually made into jerky to share on each hunt. Big hit in the pit or blind. Haven't yet settled on one recipe. I've used wet brines, and dry rubs before dehydrating. Both commercial and homemade brands. I can't stand overly dry, tough, and/or salty jerky. I do like tender, spicy, or sweet/sour recipes the best. Don't overdo the spicy to prove how big your nadz are. Everyone will say they are great (to showcase the even larger size of their nadz), but they probably will not ask for more.
<font color="#FFFF00">Note: Don't give friends snow/blue geese. Carefully can using grandma's proven canning instructions. Set outside Argonne Labs for proper disposal at nuclear waste site. </font>
Pheasant: Can be used in any chicken recipe, but can be a bit dry. I like two ways of preparing pheasant. One is pheasant stir-fry, the other is pheasant pot-pies. These eliminate the dryness problem.
My wife usually makes the stir-fry for me. You'll have to ask her for the recipe. She'll tell you to take a hike - like the last time I asked he to make some for me. If I was going to do it myself, I'd buy one of those stir-fry chicken kits. Replace or add cooked pheasant pieces to the chicken. Add more of whatever vegetables you like - water chestnuts, pea pods, bean sprouts, etc. Add more stir-fry sauce from a bottle. Spice to taste with favorite hot-sauce. Don't offer the wife any. Enjoy in a separte room with your favorite brew.
For the pot pies, I buy individual size foil tins. Accumulate a bunch of pheasant breasts. Make filling by slow-stewing a large batch of cubed and cooked pheasant pieces, cream-of-whatever soups, peas, carrots, pearl onions, cubed potatoes, fresh button mushrooms. Season to taste, and allow to cool. To add richness a little pork fat rules , or ****, if it's not available just throw in a stick of butter (keep this to yourself). If the filling needs thickening add some corn starch/water. Line the tin bottom with a leaf of puff-pastry dough. Spoon cool filling into tin, top with a few leafs of dough. Crimp edges with a fork. Stab a few slices in dough to vent. Freeze. To cook, put in pre-heated 450° oven for about 45 minutes. Puff pastry should rise and be golden brown and flakey. Filling should just be bubbling out. Check filling by inserting a butter knife. If the knife comes out cold, cook a few more minutes.
Slap a bow on some frozen pies and give away to friends and family. They will rave about it. Some will even want to hunt for the first time. Perfect meal for a cold fall/winter day watching a football game (or whatever it is da Bears do).
I gave some pies to a guy running a hunt club years ago. He gave one to a member. The member opened up a business making pheasant pot pies from my basic recipe. He improvised the recipe too, and replaced the puff pastry dough with standard stuff.
Quail: Is there any better tasting game bird? It's delicate and tender, almost sweet tasting. Whatever can be done with chicken, can be done better with quail. You name it. Quail marsala, quail fettuccine, quail fajitas, quail jambalaya, sweet & sour quail, quail salad ...
Dove: Is there any other way? Top with a thick slice of waterchestnut. Wrap with bacon. Grill. Baste with a favorite sauce (bar-b-que, A1, etc.)
<font color="#FFFF00">*Remember to share your bounty with folks that have been denied the taste of fresh wild game. It's the original organic food! The poor bass-tards may have no idea the best stuff on earth doesn't come shrink wrapped from the grocery after enduring a long, filthy journey of contamination.
You just might recruit one more new sportsman for our side!</font>
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