Occasionally, the Boar is invited to help with a feast for a philanthropic cause —a raucous endeavor cloaked in a robe of charity, if you will. The Wild Game Dinner hosted by the Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock presents just such an opportunity. Even better, the event combines two things of which I am particularly fond: wild game (for proof click here, here, and here) and creating with fire (for the doubters among you, click here, here, here, and here –I dare you).
Team Convivial Boar (several enthusiastic sous chefs joined in the fun–with but a modicum of grumbling) set about an ambitious plan involving twenty five pheasants, six wild turkeys, four deer hams, and twelve pounds of thick-sliced, pecan- wood smoked conviviality—bacon!
In this post we will dip our snout in the creations —the inspiration, the plan, and a bit of the story. Soon enough, we will don our aprons and create them.
Pheasant Pepper Poppers Glazed with Orange Marmalade
For several years, the Boar (as well as a couple of Team Convivial Boar sous chefs) have made an annual pilgrimage to the holy land —South Dakota. And we have the pheasant-laden freezers to prove it! Just imagine if the actual bird count matched our claims in the field. Indeed, the marksmanship of one of our hunting/sous chef companions has reached legendary status:
In the field, pheasants majestically rise and glide in the wind. On the plate, they present a delicate treat. Incorporating pheasant as part of a pepper popper offers a bite-size taste of our adventurous days afield—bathing the poppers in marmalade brings out the sweet silliness of it all.
Smoked Venison Flatbread with Sweet Onion and Fig Sauce topped with Goat Cheese
As has been recounted in an earlier post, this past deer season was bountiful for the Boar! And during the season, the Boar’s father prepares what has become known as “the country breakfast,” which features fresh venison sausage. By happen-chance, the Boar’s Grandmother made a batch of fig preserves. Eureka! The strong, meaty flavor of the venison balances perfectly with the sweet, fruity notes of the fig. This creation highlights that combination.
P.S.— the magic of smoked onions will be featured in a future post.
Smoked Wild Turkey Sliders
This creation arose as a challenge. One member of Team Convivial Boar was going on a turkey hunt the week before the Wild Game Dinner. In preparing our menu, I included in the email a wild turkey creation, but noted that it was contingent on our friend actually bagging a turkey. He responded with this picture:
Well played my gobbling friend, Turkey was on the menu!
Feast on a cause, my friend.