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    Venison Pizza Pockets Recipe

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    Venison Pizza Pockets Recipe

    Every year I leave Bozeman, Montana, at 4 a.m. and drive through Idaho for a week of steelhead fishing on the Snake River. If I time it just right, I arrive in Kamiah, Idaho, the minute the first pizza pockets come out of the fryer at Harvest Foods. Of all the pizza pockets I've had across North...
    Southwest Venison Shanks Recipe

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    Southwest Venison Shanks Recipe

    Most shanks used to wind up the grind pile, or worse, the trash. But more hunters have started figuring out how damn good these cuts are if you take the time to cook them right. This  southwest style preparation will turn some heads. It’s the kind of dish you’ll want to serve for a special occasion...
    Barbecue Shrimp Skewers Recipe

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    Barbecue Shrimp Skewers Recipe

    I run a lodge in Southeast Alaska, and we catch a lot of shrimp. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with fresh-from-the-ocean shrimp and prawns, as long as you don’t overcook them, and I think simple preparations are the way to go. This particular recipe is versatile and complements the natural sweetness...
    Reuben Goose Cups Recipe

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    Reuben Goose Cups Recipe

    Reubens are among the greatest sandwiches of all time—rye bread stacked high with corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and pickles—but they’re not easily shared. This recipe takes the essence of a Reuben and pares it down into a perfect summertime finger food, great for potlucks. It’s...
    Venison Neck Tacos Recipe

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    Venison Neck Tacos Recipe

    Venison necks are kind of like shanks: They’re well suited for braising and render soft, delicious meat. They have a more mild flavor than shanks, which allows them to absorb flavors and makes them perfect for a mole sauce. I’m not going to lie—making mole is complex and time consuming. But hey, you...
    Simplified Jambalaya Recipe

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    Simplified Jambalaya Recipe

    This dish was born of necessity and scarcity (of time, not ingredients). I operate a fishing lodge in southeast Alaska. After long days of hiking in the rain and chasing steelhead, everyone’s cold, wet, and very hungry. The perfect antidote? Jambalaya. It’s great comfort food and very filling. This...
    Venison Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

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    Venison Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

    I’m always looking for ways to use unseasoned ground venison. Here’s a fun little appetizer that turns some of that ubiquitous ground into a plate of addicting morsels. I combine tomato paste, olives, and lots of Italian-style cheeses and herbs to make these crustless pizza bites. Yeah, I know I...
    Buffalo Pheasant Bombs Recipe

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    Buffalo Pheasant Bombs Recipe

    This easy and relatively fast recipe makes a perfect game-day snack. I’m a big fan of hot wings, and buffalo pheasant is a fun offshoot. You can use any of your favorite hot sauces, but I prefer Frank’s RedHot Original, as it suits the spirit of buffalo-style hot wings. Good luck eating just one...
    Whole Smoked Duck Recipe

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    Whole Smoked Duck Recipe

    Smoking whole might be the most versatile thing you can do with a duck. It can be served warm straight off the smoker, cooled for a charcuterie board, or incorporated into some other dish like duck ravioli. This also uses the entire animal, which the MeatEater crew always tries to do. Even after you...
    Puffball Mushroom Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

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    Puffball Mushroom Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

    When you find giant puffball mushrooms, they usually come in such quantity that you need to find lots of ways to prepare them. In addition to our puffball mushroom crust pizza recipe, these are a delicious way to use all that mushroom flesh. Despite the name, this recipe doesn’t actually use any...