5 Alternative Wild Game Recipes for the Holiday Season

Mix up the menu this year by serving one of these savory, alternative wild game recipes at your next holiday feast

By: Outdoor Sportsman Group Staff

Sportsman Channel hosts Steven Rinella (MeatEater) and Scott Leysath (The Sporting Chef) are two, uniquely qualified outdoorsmen who pride themselves in harvesting wild game and creating culinary sustenance to be consumed and shared by friends and family.

After years of overstuffed domestic turkeys and average tasting hams, Rinella and Leysath think it’s time to explore alternative food choices for the holidays. Rinella and Leysath advocate the most important things about their alternative holiday fare should accomplish two things – provide a healthy choice and save time.

Wild Turkey, Apple and Gorgonzola Salad Recipe

Wild Turkey, Apple and Gorgonzola Salad Recipe

A simple, healthy and delicious salad recipe made with leftover wild turkey, crisp apple slices and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

 

Make good use of your wild turkey leftovers – toss the pulled meat from legs, thighs and carcasses into this delectable apple and Gorgonzola salad recipe.

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey, Apple and Gorgonzola Salad Recipe


“Hunting in itself is challenging and exciting, but to me, providing your own food through hunting is just as fulfilling as the chase,” said Rinella.

“Respecting every animal I harvest is important to me, and a big part of that process is creating a meal I can enjoy and share with others.”


Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

 

Slices of seared duck breast are drizzled in a wonderful, sweet Guinness honey sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 mallard breasts, plucked
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

 

Get the Recipe: Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe


Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe

Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe

Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

 

A recipe for homemade mincemeat pie made with ground venison, fruit, spices and brandy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground cooked venison
  • 3 cups chopped tart apples
  • 1 cup chopped suet (can substitute pork back fat)
  • ¾ cup seedless raisins
  • ¾ cup currants
  • ¾ to 1 cup stock
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons apple or beach plum jelly
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg (or mace)
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup cider
  • Brandy, to taste
  • Bear fat pie crust

 

Get the Recipe: Venison Mincemeat Pie Recipe


“Cooking wild turkey might seem more complicated than putting a grocery story turkey into the oven, but it’s not,” said Leysath.

“Rather than dealing with a mess after a big meal, much of the work can be done a day or two ahead of time, leaving only the breast fillets to finish 20 minutes or so before dinner. Any possible shred of edible protein will be utilized.“


Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Make your own croutons for this Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe by cutting leftover cornbread into cubes and baking them until evenly toasted.

 

A flavorful stuffing recipe featuring ground wild boar sausage, cornbread croutons, vegetables and herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground wild boar sausage
  • 1 ½ large onions, diced
  • 2 small, trimmed, thinly-sliced leeks
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 quart cornbread croutons
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, minced sage leaves (or substitute ½ teaspoon dried rubbed sage)
  • ¾ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

 

Get the Recipe: Wild Boar Sausage Stuffing Recipe


Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast Recipe

For a satisfying meal, stuff wild turkey breast with wild boar sausage stuffing and serve with your favorite sides. (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, “The Sporting Chef”)

 

This recipe for stuffed wild turkey breast is even better when topped with gravy made from roasted wild turkey stock.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup stuffing
  • 4 wild turkey breast halves, boneless and butterflied (skin on or off)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bacon strips (optional)

 

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast Recipe


For 10 additional wild game alternative holiday recipes, visit the Game & Fish website.

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