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Three Tasty Recipes For Wild Game and Gravy

Updated on November 6, 2018
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Patty collects various recipes from past generations and is interested in early American History, the Civil War, and the 19th century.

Gravy is a Food Group to Some People

Many folks like gravies of various types so much, they consider these sauces a food group unto themselves.Just ask Erma Bombeck!

Several gravies are delicious with wild game meats, so if you have some deer, pheasant, wild turkey, or other game, do try some experimentation.

For any of the recipes given below, try your favorite meats, whether they are game meats or tamer fare from the market.

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

— Emma Bombeck
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This particular rabbit dish was made in italy.. Use the raisin gravy listed below.You can also use prunes instead of raisins.
This particular rabbit dish was made in italy.. Use the raisin gravy listed below.
This particular rabbit dish was made in italy.. Use the raisin gravy listed below. | Source
You can also use prunes instead of raisins.
You can also use prunes instead of raisins. | Source

You have probably heard of ham with raisin sauce, especially for Sunday dinner or holidays. If you have, then take only one more step to enjoy raisins with wild game.

Hoppin' Raisin Gravy

Serves 4 to 8

Ingredients

  • 2 rabbits cut into quarter sections; looks almost like chicken
  • 1 gallon jug of spring water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 4 Whole cloves, 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 Cup dark raisins
  • 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar

Instructions

  • Put rabbit meat into a large deep pot and cover with spring water.
  • Add 1/4 cup of vinegar to water and bring to a boil.
  • Boil rabbit 5 minutes and throw out this water. It will be gamey and acrid.
  • Cover rabbit with additional spring water and add vinegar, salt, onion, cloves, bay leaves, and allspice.
  • Cook over moderately high heat until the rabbit meat is nearly tender.
  • Add raisins and brown sugar.
  • Cooking rabbit meat is fork tender.
  • Remove rabbit from liquid.
  • Thicken liquid for rabbit gravy with a paste of ¼ Cup flour and ¼ cup hot spring water [heat the water, don't get it from a hot springs :) ]
  • Replace rabbit meat in the thick gravy and heat it through.

Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with... Give us pasta with a hundred fillings.

— Robert Farrar Capon, American Episcopal priest
This version adds fresh rosemary to the skillet before adding the sour cream and mushrooms.
This version adds fresh rosemary to the skillet before adding the sour cream and mushrooms. | Source

Rascally Rabbit Smothered In Onions

This is almost a rabbit stroganoff.

Ingredients

  • A whole rabbit
  • White or red onions to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • Olive Oil
  • 6 Tbsp bacon drippings
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • Optional: 8 oz. mushrooms.
  • A skillet with a lid that fits pretty tight.

Instructions

  1. Cut up 1 rabbit (fresh or frozen, thawed) into pieces the size you like.
  2. Dredge the rabbit pieces one at a time very well in seasoned flour (1 Cup flour and some salt and pepper) and rest on a wire rack for 5 minutes to make sure the meat "grabs" the flour.
  3. Saute the dredged rabbit pieces in a skillet in 6 Tablespoons of bacon drippings or Olive Oil, until well-browned.
  4. In the same pan, cover the meat with a deep layer of thinly sliced white onions.
  5. Cover the onions with 1 Cup of sour cream.
  6. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer for 1 hour over medium-low heat to make the meat very tender and to cook down the onions.
  7. Cover skillet tightly and simmer for 1 hour.
  8. Another option in to place 8 oz. fresh sliced mushroom on the meat first, before adding the onions.

Gravy is the simplest, tastiest, most memory-laden dish I know how to make: a little flour, salt and pepper, crispy bits of whatever meat anchored the meal, a couple of cups of water or milk and slow stirring to break up lumps.

— Doorothy Allison, American writer
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Sausage is a good substitute for rattlesnake meat.I have made the snake and beans recipe with several different types of sausage that provide a wonderful flavor.
Sausage is a good substitute for rattlesnake meat.
Sausage is a good substitute for rattlesnake meat. | Source
I have made the snake and beans recipe with several different types of sausage that provide a wonderful flavor.
I have made the snake and beans recipe with several different types of sausage that provide a wonderful flavor. | Source

Rattlesnake, Beans and Gravy

Serves 6-8

You can use several other types of meat for this dish - I've tried alligator with much success!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. rattlesnake meat, cut into bite-size pieces (or you can use pork or chicken)
  • 1 lb. ground beef or chuck or beefalo, browned and drained of grease or fat
  • Broken tortilla chips (optional)
  • One 64 oz. can [or smaller cans to make 64 oz) of pork & beans or dark red kidney beans. Open the can and drain off the liquid and save it in sauce pot.
  • 30 oz. stewed tomatoes with the liquid
  • 4 oz. diced jalapenos (jarred or canned)
  • 1 large red onion, chunked into 8ths.
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Place beans into a large pot and add tomatoes, tomato liquid, jalapenos, onion, salt, garlic, browned beef, and rattlesnake (or other meat).
  2. Sir together well over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Heat bean liquid over medium heat and add ¼ cup flour and dissolve.
  5. Add liquid to meat mixture, stir and thicken.
  6. Put broken tortilla chips into the bottom of 4 bowls add the meat mixture on top.


This looks much like a corner in the Chinese Medicine shop I visited.
This looks much like a corner in the Chinese Medicine shop I visited. | Source

Wild Game in the Chinese Medicine Shop

Once, long ago in a land far away - New York City - A friend and I ventured into what I mistook as a spice shop for gourmets and cooks.Surprise hit me in the face like a Nor'easter!

I found many interesting and colorful spices in the front of the store, but then I entered farther into this wonderful place.

It was a Chinese Medicine shop and the items nearest the door were powdered and whole spices.

As I reached mid-way into the narrow, fragrant shop, I found dried frogs, tiny dried sea horses, and other things I could not name. At the back of the shop were whole dried fruit bats (very large) and several sets of antlers hung on pegs.This was certainly wild game.

Most antlers I saw were were those of deer and pretty expensive, because they are used for a vast lineup of medicines that include soups with many exotic ingredients. However, one pair of antlers belonged to the elusive cryptid, the Jackalope.

These 'lope antlers were the most expensive items in the shop, besides the ginseng root as long as a man's arm. At the end of this shopping trip, we bought a few Chinese spices, but decided to use them on meats more usual to the USA. The spices made fragrant, flower- and fruit-like gravies that pleased us greatly.

Do experiment with spices and gravies when you have the opportunity!

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Mallett-Proof Armor from Ancient Korea - order yours now from Jackalope Protection Society and Rescue Mission.

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 

      10 years ago from Hell, MI

      I heard that.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 

      10 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Im still thinking about how much I'm gonna enjoy the pounding part of the recipe as suggested by Bob :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      All in a day's entertainment, my twisty-antlered friend. It brings more publicity to both parks. We will be like Coney Island of 1903 - 5 parks, I think.

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 

      10 years ago from Hell, MI

      Oh, Patty. Aren't you the fickle one? Ant to think I was going to cut you in on the profit, when I opened Biscuit Land. Perhaps I'll open it next door to Gravy World, and shut you down, instead! Tsk,Tsk.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      How big a mallet? - Like a sledge hammer?

      I might return to that Chinese Medicine Shop.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Handy recipes to have when seekign alternative food sources. :) I need to point out thta jackalope meat is very tough and needs to be pounded with a mallet before using.

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