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Wild Game: 2 Easy Holiday Recipes

Wild Game: 2 Easy Holiday Recipes

Add wild game to your menu this holiday season! It's different, tasty, and much healthier than store-bought meat. If you’re not practiced in cooking with wild game, try these recipes.

You will be entertained at parties this Thanksgiving and you will have your own events to plan. It's the perfect time of year to implement wild game into your holiday-meal repertoire. You might be new to wild game, but cooking with it yields new, exciting flavors and some real health benefits.

Meat from wild game is leaner than store-bought meat. It contains more Omega-3s and fewer Omega-6s. It provides healthy doses of CLAs, vitamin E, and beta carotene. Meat from wild animals is free from antibiotics, hormones, and contamination. Animals that live in their natural habitat are generally much healthier than animals that are crammed into small areas with a bunch of other livestock.

That's common sense, right? Healthy animals make for healthy food and a healthy you.

Not a Hunter?

The problem with eating wild game is that, well, it's wild. That means you need to go out and track down the meat yourself. It's difficult to locate elk or venison meat among the packages of beef and pork, and you must have the stomach for hunting. For some, the idea of putting a bullet through the Easter Bunny's head might bring tears to their eyes.

Our grocery store culture provides us a safe separation between our meat and however it goes from live animal to T-bone steak. (Trust us, you don't want to know.) If you're not into hunting, or you don't know anyone who'd be willing to part with some of their spoils, you can order wild game online. Be sure to do your research. Some ranches claim that their animals are wild, when in reality they're raised in much the same fashion as farm animals.

Don't Hate The "Gamey"

Wild game is different. It doesn't taste like regular beef or chicken. But that's part of the fun. If you have a picky eater, or one who's NOT interested in eating wild boar, have them help you prepare the meal. It's a great way to make meal preparation a family affair and introduce new types of food to traditional fare. With baby steps and a little persuasion, you can get people to make small dietary changes with big nutritional payoffs.

Wild Game Recipes

Venison Chili

  1. Soak and cook beans according to package directions.
  2. Coat pan lightly with safflower oil and slightly brown venison.
  3. Add other ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, longer if you want thicker chili.
  5. For faster cooking time, use only 1/2 can of tomato sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 174
Total Fat4g
Total Carbs21g

Venison Chili PDF (13 KB)

Quail Stew

  • 6 Quail carcasses
  • 2 sets of Giblets from quail
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked Quail Meat
  • 4 oz Spelt Noodles
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1 cup chopped Celery
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 8-oz. cans Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cups of chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 large chopped Onion
  • 2 chopped Carrots
  • 12 cups of Water
  1. Put quail carcasses and giblets into a soup pot. Fill pot with 12 cups of water, add vinegar, and cover.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour broth through a sieve and discard carcasses. Chop giblets and put them back into the broth.
  4. Add celery, onions, carrots, parsley, salt and pepper, poultry seasoning, tomato sauce, and tomatoes. Cook at a slow boil for 45 minutes.
  5. Add quail meat and continue to cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Add spelt noodles and cook for 30 more minutes.
  7. Stir occasionally and add more spices if necessary. You can add 2-3 cups of chicken stalk or fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for added flavor.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 10 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 189
Total Fat6g
Total Carbs14g

Quail Stew PDF (13.5 KB)

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There's something to be said about going out into the woods and taking your own meat, along with growing your own fruits and veggies. Most of what I eat comes from my land and by my own two hands. Its not only healthier but it gives you a lot of respect for life itself, which makes it easy and very satisfying for my family and I to live a healthy lifestyle.... Plus, going primal on some wild meat gives you that extra boost of manliness to become a beast in the weight room. Sounds like I'm making a joke, but its true.

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Nothing better than wild game no drugs and way leaner.
Here in our household we have a freezer full of moose and deer.

Nov 7, 2012 7:42pm | report

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I am happy to see a shoutout to us hunters. Venison is a main staple for me. Super lean, healthy, and versatile. Nothing like grilling some fresh backstrap. Now i am drooling...

Nov 8, 2012 7:40am | report

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For those who want their wild animal meat to be as organic as possible try to stay away from areas that are very close to an animal farm because the deer will eat the animal feed such as cow pellets or corn if they can. This hurts the meat quality in terms of omega-6 to omega-3 ratio and fewer CLA's.

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Soaking venison in evaporated milk over night in the fridge and then rinsing it in cold water helps remove the gamey taste from it.

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I have a freezer full of pheasent right now so I am going to sub it for the quail, thank you so much for posting this! I had NO idea what to do with those birds! I have grown up eating elk and deer as my red meat and it is something I will always do. Beef doesn't even taste good to me!

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Love when this time of year rolls around for deer meat! much healthier and a welcome change from the norm.

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I love me some venison! Now that Fall is here its lean red meat 2x a day. Gotta love hunting and eating right!

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i love to hunt. the season i just half over and already i got two deer and a hog in the freezer! deffinately staples in my diet. and it taste wonderful if you age it and prepare it right! first deer with my bow, and the second with my muzzleloader. my dad shot the hog with his bow.

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