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#6218736 - 04/15/18 10:26 PM Wild turkey recipe?
nvwrangler Offline

Registered: 09/20/13
Posts: 981
Loc: Nevada
How does everone cook their bird? I breasted mine out and have legs and thighs too. Searching for ideas and have no clue on the legs and thighs.


#6218741 - 04/15/18 10:32 PM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
Law Dog Offline

Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 14775
Loc: Central, SD
We make Chislic out of the breast meat, trim the meat and bread it with golden dip breading, make chunks about the size of the last digit of your thumb. Sear the meat in a hot oil and do not over cook. The thighs and legs I just go hear kitty kitty and they go fast.
Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst

#6218748 - 04/15/18 10:40 PM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
NE Wildlife Offline

Registered: 02/16/12
Posts: 920
Loc: Northeast Wisconsin
I always brine a wild turkey before I cook it, add enough salt to water to float an egg, add enough
Brown Sugar until the sweet overtakes some of the salt, soak for 24 hours and rinse before cooking or
Smoking, add garlic and pepper at the end.

*I usually use tenderquick salt cure!

#6218760 - 04/15/18 10:56 PM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
Jerry Jr. Offline

Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 365
Loc: Ne pa
Breast I soak in Italian dressing and either grill or bake (I prefer the grill). The legs I give to my wife and she boils them and makes turkey salad out of them. Sometimes I will take the breast meat after they have marinated for a day or so and cut them in chunks and use them for shish kabobs on the grill. Been thinking about making turkey jerky out of them but have not tried it yet. I think I will try it this year.

Jerry Jr.
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.... but what do I know, I'm just a dumb farmer. ~ My Dad.
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#6218765 - 04/15/18 11:06 PM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
Calvin Offline

Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 4606
Loc: South metro, MN
toss the meat into a big skillet with all your favorite veggies and potatoes.
Once done, toss out the turkey and eat the veggies and potatoes.

They aint no butterball. I quit hunting the dumb things because I hated eating the buzzards.
The insane are running the asylum.

#6218807 - 04/16/18 12:32 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: NE Wildlife]
Tweed Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 3660
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: NE Wildlife
I always brine a wild turkey before I cook it, add enough salt to water to float an egg, add enough
Brown Sugar until the sweet overtakes some of the salt, soak for 24 hours and rinse before cooking or
Smoking, add garlic and pepper at the end.

*I usually use tenderquick salt cure!

Tip: add the egg first then slowly add salt till the egg rises.

#6218946 - 04/16/18 08:22 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
Northmocats Offline

Registered: 12/09/15
Posts: 378
Loc: Northern Missouri
^ I do the same , Brine mix soak. Then I bread and fry or deepfry. Sometimes will wrap a breast in Bacon and Bake in the Oven. Missouri's spring season opened up this morning, Record low temp. Probably get out Midweek if I get Time. I'm ready to eat some good wild turkey.

Edited by Northmocats (04/16/18 08:23 AM)

#6218991 - 04/16/18 09:04 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
jbyrd63 Offline

Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 2701
Loc: Ky
Ok cut out the breast. THROW the rest over the hill !!!!!!!!!!! Cut the breast in 1 inch cubes. dip in egg ,put in gallon ziplock bag filled with flour. Shake and throw them in a deep fryer. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM best meat running around in the woods.

Salt and pepper to taste

#6219014 - 04/16/18 09:29 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
RM trapper Offline

Registered: 04/22/17
Posts: 932
Loc: TN
We do like jbyrd and I just take out the breast and soak it in saltwater for awhile then cut it up in small strips and bread it with egg and flour, salt and pepper and fry it. I love to have it for breakfast

#6219017 - 04/16/18 09:31 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
imissed Offline

Registered: 11/02/07
Posts: 1351
Loc: Iowa.
Legs-Simmer in water covering all meat for 4 hrs. Yes 4 hrs. It takes that long to soften the meat.

Take out of pan and let cool. Use 2 forks to pull the meat of the bone and pull the meat apart.

Add your favorite BBQ sauce to the meat and heat up.

Make a sandwich.

My wife insists I make these anytime I get a bird.


#6219023 - 04/16/18 09:45 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: imissed]
swift4me Offline

Registered: 07/13/10
Posts: 1654
Loc: American In the Pyrenees; Fran...
I've cooked them lots of ways, but I've roasted a lot of them whole and I like it. Yes the legs and thighs are tough but out of respect for the bird I eat them as leftovers. The breast is great as long as you don't overcook it. The sandwiches the day after are great.

The deep fryer way with panko bread crumbs is also great.

Where in Nevada did you get the bird? I used to shoot ducks in Fallon and hunted coyotes a bit around Denio.

Good luck,


#6219034 - 04/16/18 09:58 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
Lugnut Online   content

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7305
I also make Turkey BBQ out of mine. I cook the whole bird off the bones, let it cool, pull it apart then put in into a six-quart stock pot.

I brown two large onions, two celery stalks and two cloves of garlic.

I heat up four cups of the broth I boiled the turkey off in and add:

1/2 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 stick of butter
3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Throw the onions, celery and garlic into the heated liquid, mix a little and dump over the shredded turkey in the stock pot. Give it a good mix.

I usually make it on a Saturday morning and set the burner to low under the stock pot, just enough to keep it warm.

I set a bunch of Kaiser rolls, some BBQ sauce and horse radish sauce on the counter next to the stove.

We usually have friends and family over on the weekends. There are never any leftovers Monday morning.

#6219035 - 04/16/18 10:00 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: Lugnut]
Lugnut Online   content

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7305
I wanted to add that I start the legs about two hours before the rest of the bird, takes them that much longer to get tender enough to shred.

#6219047 - 04/16/18 10:16 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
possumcatcher Offline

Registered: 12/16/14
Posts: 1379
Loc: SE Nebraska
Dad soaks them in somethin, but then he wraps them in bacon and grills them. They are the best. Ill take a wild turkey over one from a store anyday

#6219048 - 04/16/18 10:18 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
pcr2 Online   content

Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 13040
Loc: potter co. p.a.
dang fields full of them right now. crazy
I'm almost itchin to see a possum twitchen.-ALMOST

#6219064 - 04/16/18 10:32 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
The Beav Offline

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 14136
Loc: Wisconsin
The best thing you can do Is cut up the bird bone out the legs and can It. Then you can do anything you want with It.
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#6219066 - 04/16/18 10:35 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: swift4me]
teepee2 Offline

Registered: 07/28/17
Posts: 346
Loc: IA
The recipes above all sound good, except feeding the cats and throwing it over the hill. The dark meat does present some challenges, the legs can be put in the crockpot with chicken stock or broth and cooked until they come off the bone as said. They make a very good turkey and noodles also, along with the BBQ sandwich previously mentioned. The thighs can be ground and mixed with a little ground pork, for a meat loaf or meat balls. After all, this is not fast food we have here.
But one of my favorite ways to cook the breast meat is "Wild Turkey scaloppini with asparagus sauce". Take serving size pieces of white meat, about 3/4in thick pound them down to about 1/2in thick. dredge in flower and spices of your liking, I just use a generous amount of "Old Bay". Fry them in a skillet until they are done, or browned on both sides. While that is going on prepare the sauce. Use one packet of Knorr's béarnaise sauce made according to instructions. Have the steamed asparagus ready, when the sauce in ready add the asparagus, I like plenty of asparagus. Have the oven heated to 350*. Lay the pieces of turkey on a backing sheet cover with the asparagus sauce bake about ten minutes until warn. Then put grated parmesan cheese on top and return to oven on broil until the cheese starts to crust.

Edited by teepee2 (04/16/18 10:50 AM)

#6219073 - 04/16/18 10:45 AM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: pcr2]
Lugnut Online   content

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7305
Originally Posted By: pcr2
dang fields full of them right now. crazy

I'll be up in two weeks! grin

#6219163 - 04/16/18 12:46 PM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: nvwrangler]
Bigbrownie Offline

Registered: 03/21/18
Posts: 143
Loc: Pa.
I skin them, and fillet out the breast meat. I then slice that meat into strips, dip in flour, and fry in butter. Dip fried pieces into bbq sauce. I bone out the remainder of the bird,cook in crock pot, thicken to make a gravy, then serve over rice.

#6219186 - 04/16/18 01:18 PM Re: Wild turkey recipe? [Re: Bigbrownie]
Patrice Offline
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Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 4558
Loc: Sauk County, WI
I have the best results using breast meat for any poultry recipe and keeping the dark meat separate. The white meat will be as tender and juicy as a grocery store Butterball as long as it is not overcooked by even a minute. Virtually no fat = no room for error! Just be watchful and it should be wonderful roasted, fried, baked, grilled or smoked.

Because of the stringy and tougher nature of the dark meat, I like treat it separately. You definitely do not want to risk overcooking the white meat in a whole turkey in an effort to get that dark meat done! I like to chop the dark meat against the grain into short bits and use it in other recipes like pot pies and certain appetizers. It would be good pressure cooked or canned too.

Nvwrangler, I know you asked for leg recipes and this is only for breast meat, but I thought you might enjoy it anyway. This recipe reflects the ingredients I use to make appetizer-sized wild turkey kabobs for the Trapperman Feeds. Store-bought turkey or chicken works great for this too.

Wild Turkey Kabobs

Kabob Ingredients:
8 Short appetizer-sized bamboo skewers
24 3/4” cubes of wild turkey breast (4 to 5 ounces)
6 Strips of bacon, cut into quarters to make 24 short strips
16 Whole water chestnuts

Glaze Ingredients:
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup butter
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Teaspoon soy sauce

Before assembly:
Soak the bamboo skewers in water at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill. Cut the bacon strips into quarters and microwave the bacon so it is just a little warmer than room temperature (for easier wrapping). Cut up the turkey breast into 3/4” cubes and season them with salt and pepper.

To assemble the kabobs:
Wrap each turkey cube with bacon and slide 3 bacon-wrapped turkey cubes and 2 water chestnuts onto each skewer so a water chestnut is between each turkey cube. Take your time and twist the water chestnuts as you slowly “screw” them onto the skewers to avoid splitting.

To make the glaze:
Combine the brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and vinegar in a pan and heat it until it is melted. Set the glaze aside until AFTER the kabobs are grilled.

To cook and glaze the kabobs:
Grill the kabobs over direct heat, turning once, until browned on each side. When the bacon is done to your liking, the turkey will be done as well. Remove the kabobs from the grill and baste them with the glaze just before serving.

Enjoy! grin
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