5 Adventurous Wild Game Recipes

Walk on the wild side with these delicious recipes that are sure to empty your freezer and fill out your weekly menus.

  • Asian Grilled Quail
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson

    Asian Grilled Quail

    Quail is a unique and delicious substitute for chicken any night of the week! In this recipe, quail is infused with a rich, tangy, and sweet Asian marinade before grilling over indirect heat for half an hour. Reserve the marinade to reduce over the stove to create a thick, sticky, sweet-and-spicy sauce to serve with the birds.

  • Roasted Duck with Roasted Fruit Compote
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Roasted Duck with Roasted Fruit Compote

    Duck meat tends to be darker and stronger than that of chicken, which makes it a perfect candidate for this recipe. Roast the duck like you would a turkey, then cover in a sweet compote made of roasted pears, apples, peaches, and white wine. Savory, sweet, and succulent—this recipe is an absolute treat.

  • Rosemary Salt-Crusted Venison with Cherry-Cabernet Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Rosemary Salt-Crusted Venison

    Bold flavors work well with venison, making it a great choice for all sorts of unusual recipes. In this dish, the meat gets a Rosemary-Salt rub down, creating a piney-flavored salty crust. A sweet and buttery Cabernet sauce covers the venison to add even more flavor. This is a 5-star recipe—and you don't even have to get dressed up to enjoy it.

  • Quail with Grapes and Grappa
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Quail with Grapes and Grappa

    In this dish, delicate quail is flavored with earthy rosemary and cooked on the stove until moist and tender. The real fun begins with the sweet, rich sauce, which combines prosciutto, grappa (an Italian brandy), shallots, and freshly halved grapes. The sweet concoction makes an absolutely luscious coating for the tender quail.

  • Roasted Wild Turkey Breast With Cream Gravy
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Houston, Ana Kelly

    Roasted Wild Turkey Breast with Cream Gravy

    When preparing wild turkey, you need flavors that won't overshadow the turkey's rustic taste but will complement it in every way. A savory Cream Gravy made with drippings from the turkey and tossed with mushrooms is the ideal match for this regal bird.

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