Venison. Quail. Pheasant. Bison. Wild boar. This is man food at its finest. However, these recipes starring wild game meats were developed by a woman. Georgia Pellegrini author of Girl Hunter and Modern Pioneering, has been known to butcher, freeze, and pack a small pig in her suitcase to cook up upon arrival, so clearly she's a pretty badass woman ("These are things I do in pursuit of bacon," she says). Having worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the south of France and New York restaurant stars Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern, the girl knows how to cook—and not with just how to whip up the typical chicken, beef, and fish you'd find at a fine restaurant.
"No food is more in tune with the seasons than game meat: More than any other food, wild game cannot be harvested until it is ready. It is seasonal, local and organic," says Pellegrini. But beyond that, it's an excellent source of muscle-building protein: "Wild animals are athletes, providing lean, dense protein without the marbling you find in factory farmed meat and there is a wonderful variety in flavor that you just can’t get from standard meat," she says. A mere 3-oz serving of wild boar, for example, packs 24 grams of protein, while 3 oz of venison packs 31 grams.
And perhaps the best news: You don't have to go out and hunt it yourself or bring home a pig in your suitcase. "Wild game is available in stores even when it hasn’t been hunted and is still a better alternative to feedlot meat—venison, quail, pheasant, bison, and wild boar are all available at many higher-end grocery stores, like Whole Foods now," says Pellegrini. You can also buy it online from reputable sources like Broken Arrow Ranch. However, you can swap beef in for the game meats for many of these recipes if you just can't hunt (literally or figuratively) down the real deal.
Get more easy, healthy recipes that you can make for yourself in 14 minutes or less through Georgia Pellegrini’s Cooking School for Men. Download the free Georgia Pellegrini App to get cooking videos plus an interactive shopping list and recipes.
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