Dutch Oven Wild Game Recipes
compiled by Luann Sewell Waters
Smothered Quail (Serves 6)
2 bunches green onions, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
7 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup butter
2 cans (10 1/2 oz) cream of celery soup
1 soup can white wine
Salt and pepper to taste
Soak quail 3 to 4 hours in mild salt water. Sauté onions, celery, and mushrooms in butter
for 10 minutes or until tender. Add cream of celery soup and wine and simmer for 10
minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper to mixture. Place quail in Dutch oven
and pour sauce over them. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until tender at 350 degrees.
Serve birds over wild rice with sauce on top.
1/2 lb dry red beans, cooked
4 lbs ground venison
1 1/2 lb smoked pork jowl, cubed
6 onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 bulb garlic, minced
3 to 4 T chili powder
1 t cumin seed
1 t oregano
1 t paprika
1/2 t crushed red pepper
1 large can tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 small can green chilies
Cube pork jowl and cook in skillet until lightly brown. Add venison, onion, green
pepper, and garlic. Cook until gray in color. Add chili powder, cumin seed, oregano,
paprika, and crushed red pepper. Stir well. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, green chilies
and red beans. Mix well. Simmer about 1.5 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2 1/2 - 3 lbs venison stew cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 C flour
3 T paprika
Salt and pepper
2 T butter
2 med onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 t marjoram
1 - 11 oz can tomatoes or 1 can tomato sauce
1/2 C sour cream, at room temperature
1/2 C wine
Shake meat cubes in plastic bag with the flour, 1 T paprika, salt and pepper. In Dutch
oven melt butter and sauté coated venison cubes until browned (you may have to brown
the cubes in stages, do not crowd them to get nicely browned). Remove cubes to warm
dish and in the same Dutch oven sauté onions and garlic with 2 T paprika until soft.
Then add marjoram, tomatoes and wine. Add browned venison cubes and simmer over
low heat until meat is tender (45 min. to 1.5 hours). Just before serving, stir in 1/2 C
sour cream. Serve with egg noodles, pasta or rice.
BIGOS (Polish Hunters' Stew) (Serves 6)
4 strips of bacon , cut into 1 inch pieces
2 T butter or margarine
1 lb lean, boneless venison, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 C chopped onions
2 C finely chopped peeled apples
10.5 oz can of beef broth
2 C water
1.5 t salt
2 C sliced carrots
1 lb Polish sausage, whole or cut into 1.5 inch lengths
4 C coarsely shredded cabbage (about 1/2 lb)
In a heavy Dutch oven, pan fry bacon over moderate heat. When crisp, set aside to drain
on paper towels. Add butter or margarine to bacon drippings. Add venison and brown
well on all sides. Add onion and apple. Cook until apple is tender. Add broth, water,
and salt; cover and simmer until mean is tender. Thirty minutes before end of cooking
time, add carrots and sausage. 10 minutes before end of cooking time add cabbage and
bacon and simmer gently until cabbage is tender.
2 c. onion, chopped or diced
1 pound ground meat
4 squash or zucchini, each about 6-8 inches long (can use cucumber, too)
1 T. olive oil (if using venison or lean beef)
1/2 t. black pepper
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice)
2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
jalapeno pepper slices
Cut squash in half length (long) ways. Hollow out carefully using a spoon taking care to
not break ends or bottom of 'boat.' Set aside.
Pre-brown ground meat with onion (in oil if very lean meat). Make sure meat well
crumble, no large chunks. Add pepper and Worcestershire.
Spoon meat mixture into boats. Cover with shredded cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan and
garnish with olives or peppers. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Mary Lue's Spaghetti
1 pound ground venison
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 each--onion and green pepper, minced
5 T. salad oil
1 can or jar mushrooms
1/2 pound spaghetti, broken into short
pieces, cooked according to directions
1 t. minced garlic
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. grated cheese (or 1 can cheese soup)
1/2 c. stuffed green olives, sliced
1 can tomato soup
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 large can tomatoes or tomato sauce
1/2 t. oregano or Italian seasoning
1 T. prepared mustard
Saute onion, pepper and celery in oil. Add meat, garlic and oregano. Cook until well
done, approx. 10-15 minutes--will vary with amt. of fat in meat. Add tomatoes, olives,
salt and cheese. Cover and cook slowly for 25 to 30 minutes and about 325-350 degrees.
Add Worcestershire, mustard, mushrooms and tomato soup. Mix well with cooked
spaghetti. Serves 4 to 6.
NOTE: This recipe is even better if prepared ahead and stored in refrigerator for 2 days
(but, do not store in Dutch oven). Before serving, bake for 1 hour at 325-350 degrees.
This recipe also freezes well--easy way to take it camping and then just reheat.
Really Good Chili
1 pound ground meat
2 t. garlic powder
2 T. chopped onion (dehydrated) or 1/2 c.
fresh onion, chopped
1/4 t. red pepper
1 t. powdered comino (cumin)
1 t. paprika
1 t. oregano
1/4 c. chili powder (can vary to taste)
water (varies with personal preference and amt. of moisture in meat)
oil, to saute fresh onion
Sear meat until gray. Add all other ingredients, mix well. Add water if desired. Cook
over low fire till meat is well done, stirring occasionally. Serves 4.
This freezes well if you wish to make a larger recipe.
Wildgame Meat Balls
1 pound wildgame sausage or ground meat (add Italian seasoning or oregano, to taste, if
using plain meat)
16 ounces grated cheddar cheese
3 c. biscuit mix
Crumble meat into large bowl. Mix thoroughly together with cheese and Bisquick. Roll
into small balls (larger than regular marble, but smaller than a steelie*). Bake for 15-20
minutes at 350 degrees. (* too large meatballs have a tendency to come apart as they
bake--but still taste good!)
5 quail, fillet out breast meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
3/4 c. cracker crumbs
3/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 t. black pepper
1 t. garlic powder
optional: 1 t. Tobasco sauce (added to eggs)
Beat eggs. In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Dip meat into egg then roll in dry
mixture. Place in lightly oiled Dutch oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Pheasant in Mushroom/Sour Cream Sauce
1 pheasant, bone out breasts and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. carton of sour cream
1 t. garlic
2 t. sesame seeds
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. white pepper
Lightly oil Dutch oven. Place pheasant pieces in single layer. Mix sour cream and soup,
stir well. Add Worcestershire, garlic, pepper and seeds. Pour over pheasant. Cover and
bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with bread or rice.
Duck in Peach Sauce
2 ducks, bone out breast meat
1 pound bacon, cut into thirds
1/3 c. peach brandy
2 T. peach syrup
1 t. ground cloves
Cut meat into bite-sized pieces. Wrap each in a piece of bacon and place in foil-lined
Mix brandy, syrup and cloves. Pour over duck pieces. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at
Variation: layer duck pieces in oven and cover with bacon strips. Pour over sauce and
top with almond slivers. Bake.
Squirrel Mulligan Stew
3 squirrels, quartered
2 T. onion flakes
bell pepper, dices
pepper to taste
1 t. garlic powder
1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups minute rice
Tobasco sauce --optional, to taste
Place squirrels in enough water to cover. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic powder.
Cook over medium heat until squirrel tender. Remove meat from bones and return meat
to broth. Add tomato sauce, soup and rice. Simmer, stirring occasionally till rice done.
12 oz. Sprite or 7 up
3 oz. lemon juice
3 oz. low sodium Soy sauce
Tobasco sauce--liberal dash (1/2 t.)
10 to 12 dove breasts
5 or 6 slices of bacon--cut in half
Fresh-ground black pepper
Mix marinade ingredients and pour over dove breasts. Marinate in the
refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours (over night is better).
Drain and wrap each breast in 1/2 strip of bacon, secure with a toothpick. Place in a glass
baking dish (or Dutch oven), season with fresh-ground black pepper. If glass pan, cover
loosely with foil. Cook for 30 minutes at 325 to 350 F. Remove foil, baste with bacon
drippings and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes (may vary with oven). Serves 4 to 6
people. (Also excellent charcoaled.)
Crockpot Deer Roast
1 can mushroom soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 T. BV—Broth & Sauce Concentrate (the “Beefer-Upper”)
3 to 4 pound roast
2 small cans whole green chilies
Mix first four ingredients together in crockpot. Add roast and spoon mixture over it.
Roast should be almost covered by mixture. Top with chilies (‘butterfly’ these open
before putting in place.) Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and allow to cook
overnight. Serve with pasta or rice.
Hunter's Barley Soup
1 c. chopped bacon
4 c. ground venison (or ground beef)
2 c. diced onions
1 c. diced carrots
1 c. diced celery
1 c. diced red pepper
1 c. diced potatoes
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 c. tomato paste
3 oz. beef bouillon cubes
1 1/2 oz. chicken bouillon cubes
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. ground rosemary
1/2 t. juniper berries
1 t. thyme
1/4 c. cornstarch
3 qts. water
1 c. white sugar
1 c. red wine
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1 t. orange zest chopped
1 t. dry mustard powder
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. allspice
1/2 t. ginger
3/4 c. cooked barley
Saute bacon and venison with garlic until brown, add onions, carrots, celery, red peppers
and potatoes. Boil for 20 minutes with 3 qts. water. While boiling, add all bouillon
cubes, Worcestershire, tomato paste, rosemary, juniper berries and thyme.
Cook barley in separate pot with one gallon of water. Add to soup mixture when cooking
with no water. In a separate pan, caramelize sugar; when red add red wine, vinegar, zest,
dry mustard, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. Simmer until all sugar is dissolved and add to
Thicken with 1/4 c. of cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 c. of water.
Yield: 1 gallon. ---from Neil Curry
Buffalo, Bacon and Beans
adapted from The Food Journal of Lewis & Clark-Recipes for an Expedition by Mary
1 pound buffalo roast, cooked and cut in 1-inch cubes or shredded
(cook ahead to speed prep., may want to add diced tomatoes, or Rotel, to add to
flavor and also tenderize meat)
1/2 t. Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
1/2 t. black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 pound bacon or 1 jar pre-cooked bacon bits
1 med. onion (or 1T. dried onion)
1 1/2 cups cooked Great Northern beans
4 c. buffalo (or beef) broth, to taste
4 c. water, if desired
Combine meat, with bacon, onion, beans. Add broth and water to desired amounts.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low simmer. Cook, covered for about 30 minutes, stirring
1 turkey (or 2 chickens--or substitute canned chicken & use canned broth)
1 pound spaghetti
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped (or vary amount to taste)
2 cans sliced mushrooms (drained)
8 ounces American cheese, grated
8 ounces Longhorn cheese, grated
1/2 pound butter
2/3 c. flour
1 qt. milk
Boil turkey in salt water & debone. Cut into bite size pieces. Reserve broth.
To make cheese sauce: Melt butter, add flour and slowly add 1 qt. milk, stirring
continually. Heat until hot. Add grated cheese and stir until melted. Add pepper &
Cook spaghetti in broth from turkey, strain. Add spaghetti, mushrooms & turkey to
cheese sauce. Bake in large container(either greased or lined with parchment paper) at
350 degrees for 45 minutes. --from Polly James
Venison Stew with Potato Dumplings
Yield: 8 servings
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
10 1/2-oz can beef broth; undiluted
5 cup water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 medium onion, sliced
1 bay leaf
3 lb venison stew meat; cut into 1 1/2" pieces
1/2 cup burgundy (o
2 lb potatoes peeled
4 slices white bread
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp onbion; grated
1 tsp parsley flakes
2 eggs well beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
Melt shortening in a large Dutch oven over low heat; add flour, stirring
until roux is the color of caramel. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt and next 6
ingredients; boil 5 minutes. Add venison; cover, reduce heat and simmer for
2 hours. Add burgundy if desired.
Shred potatoes; drain well. Remove crust from bread and discard. Tear
bread into 1" pieces. Combine bread, potatoes, 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp onion,
parsley and eggs. Roll balls lightly in flour. Drop dumplings into simmering stew.
Cover and cook over low heat 20 minutes or until dumplings are done. Remove bay leaf.
Marinated Turkey Stir-fry
Cut 2 pound turkey breast into 1/2 inch strips (or can use canned chicken)
Marinate overnight in 1 1/2 cups wine or lemon-lime soda
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup oil
stir-fry vegetable mix
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 10 ounce can chicken broth
black pepper, to taste
1/2 to 1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup white wine or lemon-lime soda
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat 12 inch Dutch oven with 1/3 cup oil. Will take about 9 charcoal briquettes.
Remove turkey from marinade and cook in hot oil till meat changes color. Add an
additional 4 or 5 briquettes. Discard marinade.
Add: prepared stir-fry mix---or make your own with: 2 cups broccoli spears, 1-8 ounce
can sliced water chestnuts, 12 ounce of frozen pea pods, diced bell pepper---and almonds.
Cover and simmer until vegetables tender. Adjust the briquettes to 9 underneath and 15
on top. Add remaining ingredients. Cook for additional 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Serve with rice.
2 pounds ground meat
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix, dry
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix, dry
2 can ranch style beans
1 can hominy
3 cans stewed tomatoes
2 c. water
Brown meat, onions and chilies. Drain if needed. In large pot, mix all ingredients and
heat thoroughly. Serve over Frito chips, topped with shredded cheddar cheese.
Stuffed Venison Roll
2 to 4 pound boneless venison roast
1 package stuffing mix, (mushroom/onion flavor good to use with venison)
1 jar mushroom pieces
3 slices bacon, cut in half
cotton kitchen string
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions. Cut
roast, if necessary, to desired thickness of 1 inch. Spread stuffing evenly over roast. Pat
into place. Add mushrooms. Roll-up in jelly-role style. Tie with kitchen string, with a
loop approx.. every inch. Place in roasting pan and top with halved slices of bacon. Add
pepper to taste.
Cook for 20-25 minutes per pound of roast (two pound roast for 40-45 minutes). Check
half-way through cooking time so you don’t overcook. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before
carving for better slicing. A 2 pound roast will serve 4 to 6 people.
Venison Cheese Dip
1 pound ground meat
garlic powder, 1 t. (or to taste)
black pepper, to taste
Cavender’s seasoning, to taste
2 pounds Velvetta cheese
8 oz. picante sauce, mild to medium hot
Brown meat with seasonings, drain if necessary. Melt cheese over low heat in large
saucepan. Stir in meat and picante sauce. Serve hot in crockpot with tortilla chips.
DuckSmith Farm’s Argentina Grilled Duck
Thoroughly check over fillets to remove all stray shot.
Marinate duck (or goose or crane) fillets overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours in a good
quality olive oil, lightly peppered and salted (if desired). Pierce the meat with a fork to
allow oil to penetrate into meat.
Remove from oil, pat dry and put on grill/griddle.
Brown on both sides, stopping when meat just starts to shrink (will be cooked to
‘medium’ on inside). Cooking time will vary with the thickness of the cut of meat.
Take from heat and let rest for 2-3 minutes.
Slice diagonally and very thin (3/16” or so).
Sprinkle with Lawry’s seasoned salt or celery salt while meat is still hot. The meat will
continue to cook and will turn slightly gray with pink center.
Serve with gourmet crackers and strawberry preserves.