Let the thrill of the hunt carry into the kitchen
with these hearty wild game recipes.
Baked elk steaks smothered with a simple, savory sauce is a special dinner we've enjoyed for years. My husband, Ralph, and I used to do quite a bit of hunting, so I accumulated lots of terrific recipes like this Sweet-and-Sour Elk.
—Susan Bowdle, Ephrata, Washington
Our family especially enjoys this tender Moose Steak in the fall and winter, when an oven meal really satisfies. The seasonings cover the game flavor wonderfully, and the tomatoes keep the meat nice and moist.
—Chris Mountain, Innisfail, Alberta
Our family has found these Moose Meatballs in tangy sauce a great use for moose. I was glad to find a good recipe that incorporates ground moose meat, since we eat a lot of moose steaks and I like to use it differently for a change.
—Janis Plourde, Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario
A hearty meal in itself, this savory pie features delicious pheasant. Here in central Pennsylvania, that game bird isn't as plentiful as in times past, and so this Pheasant Potpie is a real treat. I make it for special occasions.
—Tawnya Coyne, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pheasant with Cranberry Sauce
My Uncle Stanley, an avid hunter and fisherman, encouraged me to try game cooking, and this recipe is one of my successes. The tangy orange-cranberry sauce that complements the tender meat makes Pheasant with Cranberry Sauce ideal for the holidays.
—Sharon Shamosh, Rockville Center, New York
I learned to cook game while my husband was a forestry student. We lived off the land as much as possible. I still enjoy these savory Venison Meatballs in a slightly sweet barbecue sauce. I make a big batch for an annual pool party and there are never any left.
—Sheila Reed, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Shredded Venison Sandwiches
My husband hunts for deer every November, so I'm always looking for new recipes for venison. The whole family loves these slow cooker Shredded Venison Sandwiches, seasoned with soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and hot pepper sauce.
—Ruth Setterlund, Freyburg, Maine
Venison Taco Pie
The whole family is sure to enjoy this savory southwestern Venison Taco Pie casserole. A refrigerated biscuit crust and packaged taco seasoning make preparation easy.
—Karen Witman, N. Irwin, Pennsylvania
Wild Duck Gumbo
Our family and friends just love this delightful, rich gumbo—it's such a unique way to serve this wild bird. We like that the meat is tender but not greasy. With all the wonderful spices, this Wild Duck Gumbo is a flavorful main dish.
—Doris Heath, Bryson City, North Carolina
Barbecued Wild Duck
Our three grown sons still request this finger-licking Barbecued Wild Duck each fall. Basting with the homemade barbecue sauce keeps the poultry nice and moist.
—Gloria Wedo, Slayton, Minnesota
Roasted Wild Turkey
Since we have avid hunters in our family, I will quite often prepare game. Once it's stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this Roasted Wild Turkey requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist.
—Tammy Rose, Garnavillo, Iowa
Wild Turkey Rice Bake
Wild rice, turkey and vegetables are combined in a savory sauce and topped with golden crumbs in this hearty Wild Turkey Rice Bake. Cooked wild turkey can be a little dry, but not when it's prepared this way. I never have leftovers.
—Margaret Hill, Roanoke, Virginia