Wild Turkey Breast
I don’t hunt for turkey here in New Jersey because the turkey hunting season is little to rigid for my taste. The first time I gave it a try was when I was living in no man’s land somewhere in the middle of PA. Don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous country out there, but the town I was living in seemed to be quite on the economic depressing side. BUT, it was the year I started hunting! Who knew how much my world was going to change since then, that was 30 years ago.
In The Beginning
I started off target shooting a 243 rifle on top of a ridge, then occasionally using it to clear out some groundhogs for the property owner. I was pretty damned impressed with myself when I nailed a 200 yard shot on a groundhog. I wasn’t to shabby at this!!!! Started spending weekends hunting squirrels, even gave myself a couple of black eyes trying to shoot straight up trees. Yes, I obviously still had a lot of learning to do. Then turkey season came in and my next learning curve came: how to call turkeys. I would be the cute 21 year old chick in the big bad ass pickup truck trying to cluck along with my handy dandy “How To Call Turkeys” tape playing full blast while I made God awful noises with the a gadget in my mouth. So yeah, I got some odd looks at traffic stops.
Tasting Wild Turkey
Well, then I finally got to taste some wild turkey. Mind you, this bird was NOT your Thanksgiving turkey your mamma made. UGH!!!!! EWWW! YUCK!!!! and another learning lesson: What your game eats has a lot to do with how it’s going to taste. AWWWW MAN, forget turkey hunting for me then. There in PA they were chowing down on a lot of nuts and forest stuff.
Back To New Jersey
Then I came back to NJ and realized these birds are living the easy life eating corn and soybeans. So I tried it again, but since I cooked it and didn’t do a very good job, it was, just OK. Then there were all these NJ rules and times and blah blah blah so I just decided it wasn’t worth it. Now if I can my hands on some Wild Turkey Breast I will definitely give this recipe a whirl. In the meantime I will just substitute with some store bought turkey.
- 1 wild turkey breast half
- 8 ounces zesty Italian salad dressing
- 8 ounces white wine
- 1 small Reynolds oven cooking bag
- Creole seasoning
- Lemon pepper seasoning
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 2⁄3 cup olive oil
Mix the dressing and wine.
Pour into a 1 gallon size zip-lock bag.
Add the turkey breast and marinate overnight, turning at least once.
Drain off the marinade & discard.
Sprinkle turkey breast with the seasonings.
Place in oven roasting bag.
Melt the butter in the olive oil and add to the turkey breast.
Place the roasting bag & turkey breast in a 9″x 5″ loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
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