Archive for Small Game & Wild Fowl Recipes

Pheasant Breast Piccatta


1 ½ pound boneless skinless pheasant breast
1/3 cup all purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
¾ cup dry white wine
1 ¼ cup chicken broth
1 lemon zest and slice
¼ cup drained capers
3 Tablespoons room temperature butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Pound the Pheasant breast between two pieces of plastic wrap until ½ inch thick. Place the Pheasant breast on a platter and season to taste with the salt and pepper and then dredge in the flour, shaking off the excess.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add half of the Pheasant breast and cook on each side until they are golden brown on each side. Remove the breasts from the pan, place on a platter and cover to keep warm. Repeat with the second half.
Add the lemon slices to the pan and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes. Add the wine, lemon zest and capers. Reduce by ¾. Ad the chicken broth and reduce by more than half. Place the pheasant breast and parsley in the sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the butter while shaking the pan to create an emulsion. Place the breast on a patter and ladle the sauce over them, serve!

Duck and Strawberry Salad with Rhubarb Dressing


  • 2 cups thinly sliced fresh or frozen (not thawed) rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 boneless duck breasts, (about 1 pound total; see Ingredient Note), skin removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil, or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups baby romaine lettuce, or mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans, (see Tip)

1. Bring rhubarb and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and continue simmering for 7 minutes more. Pour the rhubarb into a fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Set aside to drain, collecting the rhubarb juice in the bowl.
2. Preheat grill to medium or place a grill pan over medium heat.
3. Season duck breasts with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Oil the grill rack (see Tip) or coat the grill pan with cooking spray. Grill the duck, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 150°F for medium, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar snaps; cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cold water until room temperature.
5. Discard the rhubarb solids in the strainer. Whisk oil, honey, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper into the rhubarb juice. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dressing.
6. Toss lettuce, strawberries and the sugar snaps with the dressing in the large bowl. Slice the duck; divide the salad between 2 plates and top with the sliced duck. Drizzle the salads with the reserved dressing and garnish with pecans.

Ingredient Note: Boneless duck breasts range widely in weight, from about 1/2 to 1 pound, depending on the breed of duck. They can be found in most supermarkets in the poultry or specialty-meat sections or online at or After the skin is removed, an 8-ounce duck breast is just the right size for one serving.
Tip: To toast chopped pecans: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Tip: To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.


Green Turkey Chili


1 medium onion, chopped
2 turkey thighs (1 lb. each), skin removed
1 can (15.5 oz.) white kidney
beans (cannellini beans), rinsed
1 can (11 oz.) corn, drained
1 1/2 cups medium green
tomatillo salsa
1 can (4.5 oz.) chopped green
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Serve with:

Sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese


1. Put turkey thighs on top of onion in a 3 1/2-qt. or larger slow cooker. Add beans and corn. Mix salsa, chiles, garlic, cumin and salt in a medium bowl; pour over top.
2. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours until meat is tender. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Pull off the meat from the bones and cut meat into bite-size pieces; discard bones.
3. Return meat to cooker; stir in cilantro.

Creole Duck

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 c. boneless duck breast, skin removed; cut across the “grain” into 1-inch strips
3 Tbsp. Cajun spice
2 Tbsp. butter
1 c. celery, diced
1 c. yellow onion, diced
¾ c. green bell pepper, diced
½ tsp. Tabasco sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 c. chicken stock or broth (or duck)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1½ c. peeled and diced tomato, drained (canned O.K.)
⅔ c. canned tomato sauce
1 tsp. granulated sugar
4 cups cooked rice
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season duck pieces with Cajun spice. Sear duck on both sides until well browned. Remove duck from skillet. Add butter, onion, celery and bell pepper to skillet and saute until vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Return duck to skillet and add Tabasco, garlic, chicken stock, bay leaves, thyme and basil. Simmer for 1 hour, covered. Add tomato, tomato sauce and sugar. Simmer until duck is tender and sauce has thickened. Serve over the rice.

Rabbit In Blue Cheese and Mustard Sauce


1 rabbit (2 1/2 – 3 lbs), cut up
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tsp dry thyme
1 1/2 tsp dry savory
1 dry bay leaf
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp dry white wine
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese


Rinse rabbit and pat dry; then arrange, overlapping pieces slightly, in a 4 qt or larger electric slow cooker. Sprinkle with pepper, thyme, and savory; insert bay leaf between two rabbit pieces. Mix mustard and wine; pour over rabbit. Cover and cook at low setting until meat in thickest part is very tender when pierced (6 1/2 – 8 1/2 hours).

Carefully lift rabbit to warm serving dish; keep warm. Mix cornstarch and cream; blend into cooking liquid. Increase cooker heat setting to high; cover and cook, stirring 2 or 3 time, until sauce is thickened (about 10 more minutes). Add 1/4 cup of the cheese, cover, and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes; stir until cheese is melted. Pour sauce over rabbit; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.

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