Scott Leysath’s Top 5 Wild Turkey Recipes

Turkey season is just around the corner; here are five mouthwatering recipes for when you give that gobbler a dirt nap!

By: Scott Leysath, "The Sporting Chef"

Roasted Wild Turkey with Bacon Recipe

Roasted Wild Turkey with Bacon Recipe

Roasted Wild Turkey with Bacon Recipe (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

If you like your roasted turkey juicy and loaded with bacon flavor, this is the recipe for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 wild turkey, skin intact
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 strips smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 lemon, sliced and diced
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup minced fresh herbs, your choice (or substitute 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning)
  • 3 carrots, whole
  • 3 celery stalks, whole
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 cups dry white wine or chicken broth
  • Large piece heavy-duty aluminum foil

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Wild Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe

Wild Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe (The Sporting Chef)

Top your wild turkey soup with shredded Parmesan cheese just before serving. (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

A great-tasting homemade soup made with wild turkey legs and thighs, and your choice of seasonal vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 wild turkey legs
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • Pan spray
  • Water
  • 6 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • ½ cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup zucchini squash, sliced
  • 1 cup yellow squash, sliced
  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with equal part cold water
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe


Wild Turkey Tamales Recipe

Wild Turkey Tamales Recipe

Wild Turkey Tamales Recipe (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

Make this tamale recipe with shredded wild turkey or any wild game, simply shred the meat and wrap it up in masa.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups masa harina flour
  • ⅔ cup melted Crisco
  • 1 ¼ cups warm chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh tomatillos, quartered (or substitute green tomatoes or omit)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked wild turkey breast, cut into ½-inch cubes or shredded
  • Dried corn husks

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey Tamales Recipe


Wild Turkey Breast Stir-Fry with Dried Cherries Recipe

Wild Turkey Breast Stir-Fry with Dried Cherries Recipe

Serve this wild turkey stir-fry recipe over warm steamed rice. (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

You’re going to love this Asian stir-fry recipe, it’s made with marinated strips of wild turkey, dried cherries, water chestnuts, peanuts and snow peas

Ingredients:

  • 2 wild turkey breasts, boneless and skinless; cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup sake or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with equal part cold water
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
  • 4 cups warm steamed rice

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey Breast Stir-Fry with Dried Cherries Recipe


Garlic Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

Garlic Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

Garlic Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

Attention garlic lovers, this delightful wild turkey breast recipe is made with tons of garlic!

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 wild turkey breasts, skin removed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 20 whole garlic cloves, skin removed
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh tomato (seeded and diced)

Get the Recipe: Garlic Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

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