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Cooking Wild Dove: Delicacies from the Skies

By Alan Davison
Wednesday, August 23rd 2023

Wild dove is a delicacy that has been enjoyed for centuries by cultures all over the world. This tender, flavorful bird is prized for its delicate meat which lends itself beautifully to a variety of culinary preparations. Whether you're a seasoned game hunter or someone simply looking to expand their palate, cooking wild dove is a culinary journey worth embarking on.

Nutrition and Taste

Wild dove meat is not only delicious but also highly nutritious. It's a lean meat packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. It has a slightly gamier taste than chicken or domesticated turkey but is milder than other game birds like quail or pheasant.

Cooking Tips

Before diving into the recipes, here are some general tips for cooking wild dove:

Brining: Soaking the dove breasts in a salty brine for several hours can help tenderize the meat and enhance its flavor. It also ensures that the meat retains moisture during cooking.

Temperature: Wild dove is best enjoyed medium-rare to medium. Overcooking can make the meat tough and dry.

Marination: Given its lean nature, marinating the dove can impart additional flavor and ensure the meat remains juicy.

3 Most Popular Wild Dove Recipes:

1. Grilled Dove with Bacon Wraps:

  • 8 wild dove breasts
  • 8 strips of thin bacon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • Toothpicks
  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Season the dove breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a slice of jalapeño on each breast.
  4. Wrap each breast with a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Grill for about 3-4 minutes per side until bacon is crisp and dove is medium-rare.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite side dishes.

2. Dove in White Wine Sauce:

  • 8 dove breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Season the dove breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add dove breasts and cook until browned on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, sauté onions and garlic until translucent.
  4. Pour in white wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  5. Return the dove breasts to the skillet and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

3. Wild Dove Tacos:

  • 8 wild dove breasts, cooked and shredded
  • Tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Season the shredded dove meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Warm the tortillas on a skillet or directly over the flame.
  3. Assemble the tacos by placing dove meat on the tortilla, then topping with avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro.
  4. Serve with lime wedges.

These recipes showcase the versatility and rich flavors of wild dove. Whether you prefer it grilled, stewed, or even in a taco, there's no denying the delicious appeal of this game bird. Happy cooking!

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