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Lukas Leaf

Lukas Leaf

Lukas Leaf is an avid, passionate outdoorsman and chef born and raised in Minnesota and has spent the majority of his cooking career specializing in wild game and foraged ingredients. From weekends on the ice in his family's fish shack on Mille Lacs Lake to spring fishing trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, connecting with nature and our cherished wild places has long been cemented as a way of life.

Lukas is a dedicated husband and father to twin girls and spends his free time fishing, foraging, hunting, camping, and cooking his way through the great outdoors. Lukas is the lead chef for Modern Carnivore, executive director at Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, and a wild foods contributor for MeatEater.

Recent Posts

How to Make Alabama White Sauce

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How to Make Alabama White Sauce

I made a whole mess of these fried beauties at a fundraising dinner last fall, and they did not disappoint. It was a fun scene watching the group of upland hunters wrangle the whole-fried quail, dripping with the Alabama white sauce and at the same time trying to manage a cold drink. It made for...
Lukas Leaf Jul 8, 2022
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Venison Egg Bake

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Venison Egg Bake

At the top of my list for go-to morning meals on the weekends is egg bake or egg casserole. Every family has a coveted recipe for this one-pan, family-sized breakfast dish. I've made variations of egg bake six ways to Sunday, but I always fall back on this version that never fails. This recipe takes...
Lukas Leaf Jun 30, 2022
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Fish Sliders with Pimento Cheese

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Fish Sliders with Pimento Cheese

Walleye openers have come and gone, and hopefully, many of you have fish in the freezer just waiting for a fun recipe to come along. This fish slider should do the trick and check all the boxes. Even if you’re a non-believer of the fish-and-cheese combo, I'm confident that a fried fish sandwich is...
Lukas Leaf Jun 16, 2022
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Stuffed Trout

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Stuffed Trout

Cooking a fish whole adds an extra punch to the presentation and allows you to pick out all of those extra bits that are usually lost to filleting. This stuffed dish uses a fish cleaning technique called butterflying, a classic method for gutting and removing the bones from smaller fish in order to...
Lukas Leaf May 26, 2022
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