In the Wild with Greg Wagner


MUST-TRY, HEALTHY, TASTY GROUND VENISON BURGER RECIPE by Greg Wagner

This is a must-try, healthy, tasty recipe for those of you who have or will have ground venison in the frig or freezer this fall or winter. It’s actually a healthy twist on an older recipe in my file. Even non-hunters and non-wild game meat eaters visiting the Wagner abode have thoroughly enjoyed this recipe! It serves eight people. Bon appetite! See you out there, grill-side! By the way, if you would like to receive or donate some venison, don’t forget about our Nebraska Deer Exchange Program here: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs/deerexchange/

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free, plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 8 whole wheat or multi-grain hamburger buns, split
  • 8 slices reduced-fat or low-fat Pepper Jack cheese

Recipe Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, mustard and lime peel; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a bowl, combine the onions, yogurt, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties. Grill until meat is no longer pink. Serve on buns; top with cheese and mayonnaise mixture … Mmmm!
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TERRIFIC TEAL ON THE GRILL by Greg Wagner

Blue-Winged Teal.

From my memory of grilling wild game with granddad, comes a super simple, but terrific recipe that he had for teal. Teal ducks are undisputedly among the tastiest ducks around. This is a “gotta try” recipe for you waterfowl hunters who’ll be harvesting teal this fall in Nebraska. I wanted to share it with you. We’ve enjoyed it through the years (when we could hit those fast-flying little ducks). Here it is.  

TERRIFIC TEAL ON THE GRILL 

Wrap bacon around the breast of the Teal.    

Melt some butter.    

Then, mix the butter with garlic powder and brown sugar to form a thick consistency.    

Coat the breast and the bacon with this mixture. Throw it on the grill.    

Keep it at a low temperature.  Make sure it’s done all the way.    

Savor every bite!          

 See you out there, or at the grill, I should say.



JALAPENO DOVE POPPERS by Greg Wagner

It’s so hot and steamy outside here in southeastern Nebraska, I’m indoors tonight. I’ve been watching too much of the Food Network on TV though, so I’m in a recipe giving mood. That being said, and with Nebraska’s dove hunting season opening just around the corner on Sept. 1, no better time than the present to pass along one of my favorite, but simple recipes from Field & Stream magazine for absolutely delicious dove breasts. You gotta try this, wild game chefs and hunters! Here it is:  

JALAPENO DOVE POPPERS   

Ingredients:   

De-boned dove breasts   

1 can jalapeno peppers   

1 tub cream cheese   

Bacon  

Toothpicks 

Photo courtesy of Field & Stream magazine.

1. Pre-heat grill  

2. Rinse and dry dove breasts.  

3. Slice jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise. (Remove seeds and veins if you prefer less heat.)  

4. Slather cream cheese in the open cavity of each jalapeno. Top with a dove breast, wrap in half a piece of bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Repeat will all breasts.  

5. Grill poppers over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning once. Salt and pepper to taste. WOW!  

Photo courtesy of Field & Stream magazine.

See you out there on Sept. 1 trying to connect with those speedy, erratic-flying, elusive doves! Hmmm … I better go buy some more shells, don’t ya’ think?  



DOGS A JUMPIN’ AND WILD GAME A COOKIN’ by Greg Wagner

I hope to see you at the big, annual Waterfowl and Dog Expo happening next weekend of August 14th and 15th at the Scheels Store in Omaha’s Village Pointe Shopping Center. Click the link below to get all the details about what’s on the slate for this fun, family oriented event: https://www.scheelssports.com/clearspace/blogs/omevents/2010/07/22/waterfowl-and-dog-expo-saturday-august-14-sunday-august-15

My Great Outdoor Radio Show on Omaha’s ESPN Radio/1620 AM (www.1620thezone.com) will be airing live near the front entrance of Scheels from 9-10 a.m. Saturday morning.

On Sunday, I’ll be part of a judging crew for a wild game cook off with competition among the professional chefs from those nice restaurants in Village Pointe. Mmmm, can’t wait for that! You know I like to eat, especially wild game!

See you out there!