Walleye Hash


  • 1oz clarified butter
  • 1 Cup cooked and shredded hash brown potatoes
  • ¼ Cup red pepper, diced
  • ¼ Cup yellow onion, diced
  • 6oz walleye filet, boneless
  • Fresh dill chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ Cup scallions, sliced
  • 2 whole eggs, scrambled
  • 1 ½ oz Blaser’s Monterey Jack Onion Cheese, grated


  1. Pre heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Pour half of butter in bottom of pan and evenly spread potatoes, onions and peppers to brown. Let cook uncovered for approx. 3 minutes.
  2. Season fish with salt, pepper and fresh chopped dill. Place seasoned fish on top of potatoes and cover with another cast iron skillet to seal in steam. Let cook covered for approx. 3 minutes
  3. After 3 minutes remove lid and walleye should be almost cooked through. Using a spatula flip potatoes and fish and break up walleye into bite size pieces. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until potatoes are golden brown.
  4. Pre heat additional cast iron pan and place remaining clarified butter in pan. Scramble eggs in pan and as soon as they begin to set stir in scallions and cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat once eggs are set. Place eggs on top of hash.

Recipe serves 2

Wild Turkey with Steamed Asparagus and Morel Mushrooms


  • 1# wild turkey breast
  • 8oz fresh asparagus
  • ¼ pound fresh morels or ½ oz. dried morels reconstituted
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBS Butter - Cold
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Slice turkey breast into 2 ounce cutlets. Pound thin, season with salt and pepper. Dredge in all-purpose flour. Shake off any excess flour.
  2. Pre heat sauté pan to med. high. Place olive oil in pan and sear wild turkey cutlets to a golden brown on both sides.
  3. Toss sliced morel mushrooms in pan and sauté for approx. 1 minute. Deglaze pan with white wine and chicken stock. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Continue to simmer over medium heat until sauce has reduced by half. Whisk in butter and simmer for approximately 2 more minutes until thickened to a sauce like consistency. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Garnish with steamed or grilled asparagus.

Serves 2-4 people

Minnesota Wild Gumbo


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped green bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 quarts chicken or seafood stock
  • 4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 pound walleye strips
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound crawfish tails, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon blackened seasoning
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped tender green onion tops
  • White rice for serving- Approx. 4 cups


  1. Place an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, and add the oil. Allow the oil to heat for about 5 minutes, and then add the flour to the pot. Stir the oil and flour together with a wooden spoon to form a roux. Lower the heat to medium low and continue to stir the roux for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the color of milk chocolate. Add the onions, bell peppers, and celery to the roux and stir to blend. Stir the vegetables for 5 minutes, then add the garlic. Cook the garlic for 30 seconds before adding the stock to the pot. Season the gumbo with the thyme, bay leaves, Worcestershire, salt, and cayenne and blackened spice. Bring the gumbo to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Continue to simmer the gumbo for at least 1 hour.
  2. Add seafood to gumbo and simmer on low for an additional 10- 12 minutes. Taste the gumbo and season if necessary.
  3. Garnish with the parsley and green onions and serve in shallow bowls over white rice.
  4. Serve with your favorite hot sauce on the side for an additional kick if desired.

Serves approx 8-10 large bowls


Prosciutto Wrapped Pheasant Breast


  • 1 pheasant breasts, approx. 4-6 ounces
  • 2 thin slices Prosciutto
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 ounces Ellsworth Cheese Curd Crumbles
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1.    Trim and slice breast lengthwise to create two even cutlets (strips) from each breast. Season cutlets with salt and pepper and sear in a pre heated sauté pan with approx. 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Remove from pan and let cool.
2.    In same sauté pan while still hot place spinach and gently wilt. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
3.    Placecooked pheasant cutlets on cutting board and top one with sautéed spinach. Place remaining cutlet on top of spinach.
4.    On same cutting board place 2 thin slices of prosciutto so they are slightly overlapping.
5.    Place stuffed pheasant breast on top of prosciutto and roll tightly.
6.    Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Using a non stick sheet pan (parchment paper will work too) evenly spread cheese curd crumbles to form a 3 ½ “ x 5” rectangle. Bake in oven until golden brown. Approx 5-7 minutes.
7.    Once cheese is golden brown remove from oven and place pheasant on bottom of rectangle. Roll tight while still warm and place back in oven to crisp cheese. Approx 5 minutes.
8.    Remove and let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
9.    Recipe is written for 1 serving. Easily scales for number of portions you wish to prepare.

Venison Tenderloin with Roasted Grapes and Red Wine Reduction


  • 1 venison tenderloin
  • 12 red grapes
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place 3 Tablespoons olive oil in pre heated sauté pan. Season venison loin with salt and pepper. Sear using high heat until golden brown on all sides.
  2. Reduce heat and add garlic clove, fresh herbs and grapes.
  3. Using a large soup spoon baste the infused olive in sauté pan over venison and place pan in a pre heated 400 degree oven. Cook until meat is 130 degrees internal temperature. Remove meat from pan and let rest.
  4. Return pan to medium heat. Remove garlic and herbs and deglaze pan with red wine and beef stock. Reduce until only a couple of ounces remain and should have a syrup like consistency. *optional – for a richer sauce you can whisk 1 Tablespoon cold butter into reduction
  5. Slice while still warm and drizzle sauce next to meat.

    Recipe serves 2 people - Enjoy!!


Roasted Pheasant with Cranberry Salsa


  • 2    Pheasants cutinto small fillets
  • Seasoned flour:
  • 2    cups flour
  • 1    tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1    tsp. black pepper
  • 1     tsp.  thyme leaf


  • Rub Pheasant in seasoned flour. 
  • Panfry in hot butter until golden brown.  
  • Place Pheasant on greased sheet pan.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  
  • Top with cranberry salsa and serve.

Cranberry Salsa

  • 1    cup sun-dried cranberries
  • 2    tbs. orange juice
  • 1/3    cup sugar
  • 2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced.
  • 3    tbs. fresh cilantro
  • 2    tbs. pecanstoasted and chopped
  • 1    tbs. grated lime zest
  • 2    tbs. grated orange zest
  • salt to taste
  • Mix together in medium sauce pan, and WARM over low heat.   Do not boil(approx. 10 to 15 minutes.)

Bourbon Glazed BBQ Goose Breast

Before you get started you will need
1.    Two trimmed goose breasts
2.    One large yellow onion – peeled and cut into ¼” slices
3.    Medium sized cast iron pan
4.    Pre heated 450 degree oven

Add 2 goose breasts to chilled brine and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Remove breasts from brine and pat dry on paper towel. Place dry rub on a plate and dredge breasts in spice to coat evenly on both sides. In a preheated cast iron pan (smoking hot) place breasts and sear for approx 2 minutes on each side until a dark brown crust has formed.
Once seared on both sides remove goose from pan and place 3 or 4 slices of onion on bottom of pan. Place goose breasts on top of sliced onions.
Brush goose breasts generously with bourbon BBQ sauce and roast in a preheated 450 degree oven. You will want to flip goose breasts after 5 minutes and glaze opposite side with BBQ sauce. Continue to do this until you have a 140 degree internal temp. in center of meat.
Once cooked through remove goose breasts from pan and allow resting for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

¼ Cup salt
4 cups water
*add salt to warm water to dissolve and chill

Smoky Dry Rub
2 TBS smoked paprika
2 TBS chili powder
2 TBS fresh ground black pepper
1 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS onion powder
½ tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp salt
1tsp sugar
1 tsp dry mustard powder
*place ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk together to incorporate evenly

Bourbon BBQ Glaze
½ cup fine diced onion
4 cloves minced garlic
¾ cup bourbon
2 tsp smoky dry rub
1 ¼ cup ketchup
3 TBS sweet white miso
1/3 cup cider vinegar
½ cup molasses
1 TBS garlic chili paste
*In a heavy bottom sauce pan combine all ingredients and simmer on low, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. After about 45 minutes of simmering on low heat it should have a thick consistency. Remove from heat and let cool. Puree in blender if a smooth consistency is desired. Will produce approx. 1 cup of BBQ sauce. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
**Optional – Add ¼ cup bourbon to ¾ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

BBQ Rabbit

Barbeque Rabbit Prep

  • 1each Rabbit, Cut per Instructions. Pit Rub, For Legs
  • Apple-Pecan Woods, To smokelegs
  • Apple juice, to bastelegs Hetb Oil, For Loins Northwoods Gt:illing spice
  • Front Quarter used for Rillettes
  1. Lay rabbit on its back, Cut downthe centerof the ribs to open up. Spread the ribs and remove Kidneys & Livers.  Set aside.
  2. Turnrabbit to one side, fold hind legs away from the body to reveal where it is connected.
  3. Use boning knife to removejust the leg (not whole hind quarter), cutting the muscle where it attachesto pelvic bone. Continueto fold leg back until you feel the ball joint pop. Finish cutting thru meat.
  4. Repeat with other side.
  5. Pull font leg forward until you feel it resist. Slider your knife undemeath the shoulder blade. Cut thru the connectivetissue to reveal the joint, cut thmjoint to remove.  Repeat with other side. Reserve for Rilletts.
  6. Openthe belly flaps and spread the rabbit. sing the tip of your boning knife to one side of d1e spine make a cut d1e length of the rabbit.  Use your finger tips to p1y back the loin meat to reveal vertebrae.  Make anothercut the length of the verterae, P1y meat away again.  With a series of cuts and tugs remove the loin from the carcass, peeling it away fromthe silverskin that cncasses it. Repeat with otherloin.  Rub with herb oil and reserve for grilling.
  7. Remove the belly flaps by cuttingjust at the edge of the rib bones. Reserve these for rabbit bacon.
  8. Brine the Rabbit legs for 2 hours.
  9. Pat dry and rub with firelake pit rub.
  10. Smoke with a blend of apple & pecan woods @ 200 degree to an internal temperatureof 165. Baste rabbit with apple juice every 20 minutes.
  11. Baste with barbeque sauce for service.

Barbeque Rabbit Plate

  • 1each SmokedRabbitLeg
  • 1each RabbitLoin, rub with herb oil north wood grilling spice
  • 7 pieces Rainbowcarrot halves, blanched
  • 1/2 cup Corona Beans withRabbit Bacon
  • 2 ounces Bourbon Glaze
  • 10 piecesbabykale, dressed withRedwine Vinaigrette
  • Puffed Wild rice, Garnish
  1. Place rabbit on charcole grill, 2 minutes a side. Brush with bourbon glaze and placeto side of grill.
  2. Season Rabbit loin with northwood grilling spice and grill until just cooked thru. Finish by brushing with bourbonglaze. Slice in 5 biase cuts.
  3. In vety hot skillet sear the carrots, then add the garlic butter and heat trhu, coat with bourbon glaze. Heat corona beans with a splash of chicken stock.
  4. Toss baby kale with vinaigrette.
  5. Garnishwith Puffed wild rice.