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Have a True Wild Game Thanksgiving Feast with These 5 Recipes

Looking for a memorable Thanksgiving feast this year? Look no further than the wild game in your freezer.

We all love the football and sweat pants traditions on Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t always about that.

The first Thanksgiving certainly didn’t feature a pen-raised domestic turkey, so why should you now? Step it up a notch this year by serving wild game in place of the typical store-bought versions.

Check out these easy wild game alternatives that are fairly historically accurate, with just a little modern flair. And if you really want to still serve turkey, check out the recipe at the bottom.

Bacon Venison Wraps

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Outdoor Channel

Ingredients:

1 pound venison steaks
1/2 pound bacon

Directions via Outdoor Channel

New England Fried Clams

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Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Ingredients:

1 pound shucked clams (cherrystones, littlenecks, or Manila clams)
1 cup corn flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup buttermilk
Peanut oil for frying

Directions via Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Hasenpfeffer

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Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Ingredients:

Marinade

1 cup water
1 cup red wine
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
3 bay leaves
4 cloves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 green onions, chopped

Hare/Rabbit

1 jackrabbit, snowshoe hare, or domestic rabbit, or 2 cottontails or squirrels
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Flour for dredging
2 to 3 cups chopped white onion
1/4 cup sour cream

Directions via Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Grouse North Woods

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Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups wild rice, divided
3 cups chicken stock
Breasts from 4 grouse, skinned with tenders removed
Salt
1/4 cup butter, divided
1/2 cup rye, barley, or whole wheat flour
1 to 2 pounds fresh mushrooms (any kind)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup cranberries
1/4 cup fruit syrup (cranberry, blueberry, etc.)
1/3 cup cider vinegar

Directions via Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Roasted Wild Turkey

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NWTF

Ingredients:

Brine

2 gallons water
2 oranges
2 lemons
1 onion, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Kosher salt
Couple sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary

Directions via NWTF

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Have a True Wild Game Thanksgiving Feast with These 5 Recipes