One of the best things about wild turkey hunting is the opportunity to season and properly cook them right away. But differing from the farm-raised turkey, the wild needs specific recipes to flavor up without losing its unique taste.
Here, I’ll share you some golden recipes (really simple and easy to do) for wild turkey.
Must-dos Before Any Wild Turkey Recipes
Forget bringing your prize home with these two time-sensitive parts of the equation:
Pluck the feathers right away: The longer time the bird is left undone, the more difficult the skin to deal with, which is harder to pluck the feathers.
Field dressing: For any turkey hunting trips, don’t forget to bring a sharp knife to put the “field” back into field dressing.
5 Simple Recipes for Wild Turkey
1. BBQ recipe
- 1Step 1: Pre-heat a pot with margarine, then add chopped green onions and other ingredients to full boil.
- 2Step 2: Meanwhile, cut the bird into pieces across the grain.
- 3Step 3: Well-cover each piece with this mixture
- 4Step 4: Base them on the grill for 40-60 minutes.
2. Deep frying
If you’re in a camping or hunting trip, chances are that there’s no oven to roast the wild turkey and even when you have, it’s truly difficult to overly dry the meat to roast it.
So, deep frying is an optimal solution in this case, which is also the easiest recipe but still delicious to taste your prize.
- 1Step 1: Determine the poundage of the wild turkey as well as follow the specific instruction of your deep fryer.
- 2Step 2: Add oil into the fryer and boil it. Take note that should be enough to coat and slather the bird
- 3Step 3: Start plopping the bird into the fryer. Cook for 45 minutes to 2 hours (depending on its weight)
3. Turkey Pinwheel recipe
Additional: Some toothpicks
- 1Step 1: Trim away any non-meat stuff and fat from the fillet breast to make it more tender
- 2Step 2: Pound tenderize the meat to a rectangular 0.5” to 0.75” thick or until it’s flattened and spread out
- 3Step 3: Season with pepper and minced garlic
- 4Step 4: Put morel mushrooms on the breast (Or whatever of your favorites, such as spinach, shaved almond, or Parmesan cheese)
- 5Step 5: Roll the meat. Then, use some toothpicks to pin it
- 6Step 6: Place the rolls in a dish, cover it, and bake all the way through for 40-45 minutes at 360 degrees
4. Grilled Breast Recipe 1
Additional: 1 large zip-lock bag
- 1Step 1: Cut the breast in half, then, place in the zip-lock bag
- 2Step 2: Add the whole bottle of salad dressing and place in the freezer or cooler for 6-8 hours
- 3Step 3: Drain & discard marinade
- 4Step 4: Grill the breast pieces on medium-high heat for 40-60 minutes.
5. Grilled Breast Recipe 2
- 1Step 1: Season all turkey breast steaks with garlic, salt, and pepper
- 2Step 2: Place them in extra virgin olive oil
- 3Step 3: Cover and chill this mixture for 1.5-2 hours
- 4Step 4: Let it marinate for 20 minutes more (at room temperature)
- 5Step 5: Remove breast steak from the marinade
- 6Step 6: Grill for 4-5 minutes at medium-high heat on each side
One Last Note
If this is the very first time you cook and eat wild turkey – Don’t expect a butterball that you’ve tasted in the Thanksgiving store-bought birds.
Instead, the meat will be leaner and less flavorful since the bird you’re cooking isn’t influenced by any preservatives or sketchy growth hormones, which is also perfect for healthier feasts. Finally, I hope that all of my recipes have been helpful to you. Thanks for reading!