WILD GAMES-GIVING!
By Krawdaddy Jones

Posted: November 18, 2022

The classic Thanksgiving holiday is rolling around. This means dinner with family. Dinner that entails lots of meats, stuffings, salads, rolls and more! While many of these ingredients are coming from the deli, or the farm, you may be missing a wild element. Sure, store bought is great. However, a true hunter would indulge in a table of only wild caught/hunted/sourced foods, wouldn’t they? That’s why today Krawdaddy is going to give you a few amazing recipes that you will put your wild game into good use, especially around that thanksgiving table.

MEAT EATER’S ORANGE-CLOVE SMOKED WILD TURKEY

The ideal savory and sweet combo, this turkey with savory roasted vegetables is an amazing way to enjoy your wild turkey this Thanksgiving! Follow this recipe that Meat Eater has put together for the optimal turkey. 

Okay, so you’re telling me that you don’t even like turkey. Or maybe you just don’t have one in the bag this year. That’s okay! There’s other meats in the world, my friend. How about a wild pheasant recipe? 

HOMEMADE FOOD JUNKIE WILD PHEASANT IN MUSHROOM AND WINE SAUCE

For moist, tender meat with a colorful flavor palette topped with a delicate wine sauce and mushrooms, this recipe has got what you need. Hey! I’m not against a unique Thanksgiving centerpiece if you aren’t! All you’ll need is a pheasant (dead) and mushrooms (also dead) with a bit of wine, (very much alive). Furthermore, additional reading on pheasant hunting, check out Angela Montana’s piece on the Ward brothers pheasant hunting!

Now that we’ve got out meats covered, let’s dig into some side dishes. There’s plenty of amazing complimentary dishes to choose from! From stuffing to casseroles, there’s lots of different ways to incorporate wild game into your festivities and feasts! 

GAME AND FISH MAGAZINE BALSAMIC ROAST QUAIL CHESTNUT STUFFING

With an impressive and elaborate palette, this roast quail stuffing dish will wow guests and family alike! It’s a bit fancier than your typical stuffing, and incorporating delicious quail meat will make it all the more impactful at the table. Follow this recipe for an intricate and delicious side dish to accompany your wild game centerpiece!

BOWHUNTING MAGAZINE’S VENISON SCOTCH PIES

Traditionally made with mutton, scotch pies are a classic dish to enjoy in the colder months. Ground venison adds a bit of fat to the texture, and the gaminess is similar enough to mutton to work just fine. With this recipe, you’ll yield about 12 mini venison pies, and wow your table with the beautiful and unique flavor of ground venison mixed with pork or wagyu fat. 

WILD GAME CUISINE’S ELK CORNBREAD CASSEROLE

A heart meal that makes an amazing table dish, and even better leftovers, is of course a casserole. If you have plenty of ground elk in your freezer, ready to be used in a delicious dish, this may be the one! With a heartiness that will fill you up and keep you warm, accompanied by a unique jalapeno kick, this dish is a total crowd pleaser. Each bite is encompassed and complemented by the sweet cornbread mixture you’ll pour on top of all the ingredients.

WILD GAME CUISINE’S ANTELOPE CABBAGE CASSEROLE

Packed with flavor and using up all the antelope you probably have in your freezer, this recipe is a great addition to the Thanksgiving table and beyond. In addition to your own wild game, you’ll also need some ground Italian sausage, and plenty of cabbage. 

These are just a few of the fantastic ways to integrate wild game into your Thanksgiving festivities! However, you can use them all year if you’d like. It’s so important to use what you got, and keep it delicious in the process! Bringing the Montana wild to your dinner table is always a privilege, so hunt responsibly. Wishing you and yours a fantastic holiday season, enjoy these recipes!