Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wild Turkey, 5 Ways

Last week Reggie caught his first wild turkey. He has hunted many animals in the past from grouse, to deer, and even black bear. Somehow he has never really been into turkey hunting; I suppose because it is in the spring, when fishing season begins. Last Friday he caught his first turkey. It weighed 16lbs feathers, guts and all. When he got it cleaned, however, it was still a good size! We managed to get 5 different meals out of it, check it out:
Clockwise from top-left: Turkey Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie, Tom (Male Turkey), 
Turkey Dinner, Hen (Female Turkey), Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches

First: turkey dinner, complete with stuffing, potatoes, veggies and even bacon (to help keep the turkey moist)
Second: Turkey Pot Pie (for a recipe please see here, and sub turkey for chicken)
Third: Open Face Turkey Sandwiches (recipe below)
Fourth: Turkey and Stuffing Salad Wraps
Fifth: Turkey Soup (recipe below)

And this list doesn't even include the turkey sandwiches and snacks we ate, and 12 cups of turkey broth we have stored in the freezer!

Open Face Turkey Sandwiches
2-6 slices of bread
mild salsa
sun-dried tomatoes
baby spinach
grated old cheddar cheese

Layer the above ingredients in the order listed. Broil in an over (or a toaster oven) for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and bread is crispy.

Turkey Soup
1.5 lbs cooked turkey, sliced
2 medium yellow onions, coarsely chopped
2 celery stocks, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 rutabaga, chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp vegetable oil
6 cups turkey stock (chicken is also allowed, and please use more if needed)
salt and pepper to taste

Put the stock in a large pot, with the potatoes and turkey, over medium heat.

Heat one tbsp of oil in a large pan, add the rutabaga, grate one of the cloves of garlic over the rutabaga and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until the colour on the edges begins to change (about 5-6mins). Add to the stock.

Heat the second tbsp to the large pan, add the carrots, celery, and onions. Grate the remaining two cloves of garlic over the vegetables and stir. Cook until onions begin to turn clear, and carrots are slightly tender (about 4-5mins). Add to the stock.

Cook the soup, over medium heat, until vegetables are tender (about 30 minutes), and broth is tasty:) Add salt and pepper to taste.

So Delicious! Are there any hunters in your family? I have to say, the wild is good eating. Oh, and just for clarification, you can only hunt the males. So the big guy in the middle is what Reggie caught:) Look at me, so proud!

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