Game on the Go: Quick and Easy Meals for the Busy Hunter

As many of you know,  I am ALWAYS on the go between working full time as a Medical Technologist and being an outdoors obsessed woman.  Although I do not always have a large amount of free time, cooking a home cooked meal using the game and fish that I have harvested/caught is always preferred over a fast food burger or boring salad.  So here are a few of my favorite “quick” meals that I throw together when in a time crunch.

Crock Pot Wild Game Spaghetti:

Deer Spaghetti What you will need:

2 Large onions, 2 bell peppers, and garlic (chopped)

Wild game meat of choice (my personal favorite is to use green onion seasoned ground deer and deer stew meat together to have varying textures)

Can each of tomato sauce and tomato paste

2 Cans of stewed tomatoes

Mushrooms (canned or fresh)

Seasonings: Italian herb blend, garlic powder, “Tony’s” Season All, Salt and Pepper

Large Slow Cooker and a Large Skillet

 Before bed, brown your wild game thoroughly and saute the vegetables until tender. Throw this along with the cans of  stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste,  mushrooms, and two cups of water into the slow cooker and stir well.  Season to taste using the above seasonings (for added spice I throw in cayenne also).  Set the slow cooker to low and get some rest it will be there waiting for you after the morning hunt!

**CAUTION: IT WILL BE HARD TO SLEEP WITH YOUR HOUSE SMELLING SO AMAZING**

 

Grilled Fish with Creamy Crab and Mushroom Sauce

RedfishBluegill
Fish and Veggie NoodlesWhat you will need:

Fish of choice ( my favorites: redfish “on the half shell” or scaled whole bluegill)

Can of  low fat cream of mushroom soup

Lump crab meat

Onion (chopped) , Garlic (minced), and Mushrooms (now is a good time to use the morels you’ve been collecting)

Butter and Lite Italian Dressing (I prefer using the Olive Garden Light dressing)

Seasonings: Garlic powder, Louisiana hot sauce, “Tonys” Season All, Cayenne, Lemon juice

The fish: Marinate the fish with the minced garlic, hot sauce, Tony’s Season All, Garlic powder, lemon juice, and a little Italian dressing.  Make a basting sauce of softened butter, Italian dressing, hot sauce, garlic, lemon juice, and Tony’s/Season All. Grill until fish is thoroughly cooked basting regularly throughout the cooking process.

The Sauce:  Saute onions and garlic until tender, then add cream of mushroom and a half a can of water. Toss in crab meat, mushrooms, and desired seasonings then simmer on low while you grill your fish.

I like to serve the fish and sauce along with fresh vegetables from the garden such as squash and zucchini which are delicious grilled on the pit or cut into “noodles”.

Back Strap Salad

Back Strap SaladWhat you will need:

Whole Deer Back Strap (or for the brave… same recipe can be used on deer heart)

Baby Spinach or Spring Mix Salad

Red onion and garlic

Feta cheese and Parmesan cheese

Beer or wine (or for the non alcoholic version… Italian dressing)

Seasonings: (I think you get the hint by now that I put Tony’s, hot sauce, and garlic in everything)

Marinate the back strap with garlic and seasonings along with beer/wine/Italian dressing.  Sear the back strap in a skillet until cooked medium/ medium rare.  Set strap aside and DO NOT CUT until the meat has rested 5-10 minutes to allow for the juices to soak back into the meat. In the same pan, add a handful of chopped onions and some garlic and cook down until tender then add any remaining marinade and more of the beer/wine/dressing and reduce by half.  Mix together your salad, cheese, and raw red onions. Top with the sliced back strap and the reduced pan mixture.

 

Sarah Fromenthal – ProStaff EvoOutdoors

From Tackle to Table: Grilled Redfish

Although fishing (especially redfishing) is a huge love of mine and I live in South Louisiana where there is water at every turn, I don’t get to go as often as I’d like to since my dad sold his boat a couple of years back.  So when I got an invite for a quick early morning saltwater trip, I was more than thrilled.  

Sunrise in Point Aux Chene, Louisiana

 With no sleep, we headed down the bayou and made it out to the launch just in time for daybreak. It was a lovely, although windy, morning in Pointe Aux Chene. We fished in a few known areas, areas that we saw sea gulls diving for bait, and even site fished some reds in secluded ponds mostly using live minnow under a cork.  

After spending a few hours on the water, we finished up the morning with a nice haul of both redfish and speckled trout and a slight sunburn. 

EvoOutdoors ProStaff Sarah Fromenthal with her Redfish catch

First Redfish of the day

 

Speckled Trout in the Icebox

Speckled Trout in the Icebox

 

A few of our redfish

A few of our redfish

Of course, because I love to experiment with cooking what I catch / hunt just as much as the actual act of catching / hunting it, I couldn’t wait to cook up some of the reds. So after some brainstorming and a quick trip to the grocery store, the experimentation began. I decided to cook redfish “on the half shell” with a shrimp cream sauce with a  side of grilled veggeis. I have to say, it is one of my new favorites.

What is redfish on the half shell you ask? It is what I call a filet of redfish with the skin and scales left on. Perfect for grilling!

Ingredients:

  • Redfish filets with the skin (and preferably scales) left on
  • 1lb of peeled, de-headed shrimp
  • 1 cup of fat free half and half
  • 1 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Minced garlic
  • Cornstarch
  • Veggies of your choice for grilling (I used squash, zuchinni, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and red onions)
  • 1/3 cup White wine
  • Seasonings: lemon juice, garlic powder, “blackening seasonings” ( I recommend Chef Prudhommes),  Tony Chachere’s, cracked black pepper, cayenne, and salt

You will also need foil and a veggie grill basket (or do what I did and use a disposable aluminum pan and punch holes in the bottom).

Prepping the Food for the Grill: 

  1. Place the each redfish on foil (should be about 5 inches longer than the fish) and sprinkle garlic powder, blackening seasoning, a little tonys, and a few squirts of lemon juice.  Place on top, 2 to 3 thin slices of butter and fold foil over the top of the fish making a steamer bag. 
  2. Chop the veggies of choice into large chunks and toss in about a tablespoon of melted butter, black pepper, garlic powder, and about a tsp of lemon juice.
All prepped and ready

All prepped and ready

Grill Time:

  1. Grill veggies until tender (larger veggies can go directly on the grill, but i recommend the grill basket for everything else).
  2. Place the fish on either low or indirect heat and cook until almost done. (should be almost to the point where it is flaky) Cooking time depends on size of filet.
  3. For the last few minutes of cooking,  open up the foil and allow it to finish cooking on a high heat to get all the flavors from the pit integrated into the meat. When done, the meat of the fish should be flaky yet moist.
Redfish filet fresh off of the pit

Redfish filet fresh off of the pit

Shrimp and Cream Sauce: 

  1. Season the shrimp with minced garlic, garlic powder, blackening seasoning, Tony’s, cayenne, black pepper, and seer in a hot pan. Once a good sear is achieved, add wine and continue to simmer until shrimp are fully cooked. Once shrimp are cooked, remove pan from heat and allow to cool. 
  2. After the pan and shrimp have cooled, return to a low heat and add the half & half and cheese then simmer on an low heat for about 15 minutes. Be sure this does not bubble because that will cause the cream to curdle. Over this 15 minute span, slowly add the shredded mozzarella.  Season to taste.
  3. Cornstarch may be needed to thicken the sauce to the desired texture (Remember to mix it well with cold water prior to adding it to the sauce to prevent clumping)
  4. Pour sauce and shrimp over the finished redfish and VOILA dinner is served!
finished dish

Finished dish