Tasty Tuesday Wild Turkey Breast

 

Tasty Tuesday The Outdoors Wife

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.

Tasty Tuesday Wild Turkey Breast

Wild Turkey

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.

Wild Turkey Breast the outdoors wife

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Serves 6

PRINTABLE RECIPE: Wild Turkey Breast

 


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8 Comments

  1. Axton

    Hi,

    I am not much of a cook, but this looks easy to prepare. Well i am not hunting my own turkey, lets hope something i buy from the supermarket will taste the same..lol

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      No Worries! I’m sure a turkey breast from the grocery store would work just fine!

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  2. Jaron

    This sounds so tastey! I’m going to have to make this very soon. I plan my meals for a week at a time so maybe I’ll put it on next weeks menu!

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      I am on my way to Shoprite for a turkey breasy as soon as I get down here!

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  3. Rawl

    Girl you are cracking me up! Too cute. I’m so not a hunter nor could I shoot an animal for game. I don’t have anything against it because I understand why people hunt. I’m also afraid to hold or shoot a gun. I guess if I had the right training I could get used to it. But for now and most of my life I’ve been a city girl. However, I do love God’s country and the outdoors. The funny thing is I’m allergic to all the outdoors but I’ve never let it stop me.

    Thanks for this enjoyable post and sharing your experiences with us. Be well.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by! Believe it or not, my family is all originally from Brooklyn NY. My grandfather & his siblings bought 8 acres upstate NY…and a new generation would born! Wasn’t long before there horses, chickens, ducks and sheep roaming around. And don’t forget dogs! Boy do we LOVE our dogs~~~
      Glad to hear allergies don’t stop you from doing what you want! Where there is a will,There is always a way!!!

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  4. Elisa

    I honestly didn’t know all that about wild turkey hunting, so if my turkey tastes different in the future I’ll know why. I used to see a lot of Turkey’s at work, but they live the easy life, and will never be hunted. (After all these are where Disney World Turkeys.) It did make me think though what they were eating. The recipe looks really good, I will have to try it next time I have turkey, which like you will probably also not be wild.

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    1. Donna (Post author)

      I didn’t think much of how they would taste, regarding their food, at first either. It was weird how much what they ate made so much of a difference, even the “texture” was differnt!

      Reply

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