Cooking Wild Boar
It’s incredibly rewarding to harvest your own meat while you are out having a good time boar hunting. When you are on the ranch, it is the thrill of the hunt, but nothing compares to when you prepare your harvest to make your first meal with your wild boar. So now you have just gotten home and have your boar meat. Now what? How do you cook wild boar? Here are a few recipes to get you started and help give you some ideas on what to cook with your game. Enjoy!
Wild Boar Bacon
Who doesn’t love bacon? How about Boar bacon? Boar bacon is incredibly good. You can add it to a recipe or just eat it alone. As with regular bacon, it is great at breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, snacks, you name. There is never a wrong time for bacon. So the next question is how do you make boar bacon? If you have a dehydrator, then it’s an easy task. If not, then you can still make boar bacon by drying the meat and then smoking it for two hours.
To make it, you can make a brine of sea salt, garlic powder, peppercorns, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and brown sugar. Simply mix these brine ingredients in water and soak the boar belly cuts for two days. Rinse the boar belly strips before hanging them to dry.
Rigatoni With Wild Boar Ragout
Rigatoni is a great type of pasta that works really well with ragout because it’s a tubular noodle and binds well with the ragout. If you are not familiar, Ragout is a meat dish stewed in vegetables. If you like, you can add some Pecorino or Parmesan cheese to the dish. To create the Wild Boar Ragout, first, chop the boar into small bite-size pieces and cook them on medium-high heat with butter, olive oil, red wine, and either veal, if you have it, or beef stock.
After that has been cooking for a while, add flour to thicken the stew. After the stew has thickened, add carrots, celery, onion, mushroom, and parsnips if available. Season the stew to taste with garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and parsley. Prepare the pasta according to the directions, then mix the pasta with the stew. After plating the dish, top with grated pecorino or parmesan cheese.
Wild Boar Tacos
Who doesn’t love a good taco? If you want to still want to eat your kill but are not a good cook, you can do this recipe. These tacos are the dish for you. Preparing boar taco meat is easy, and you can build your taco with any toppings you desire. To prepare the boar for the tacos, you will use the shoulder meat and cut it into bite-size cubes, or you can use ground wild boar. You will want to season the wild boar with garlic, marjoram, coriander, bay leaves, onions, and salt, or if it’s easier, try it with a prepared taco seasoning package. Place your wild boar meat in the skillet, cook it with the seasoning, and you’re ready to go.
Want to kick it up? Try it with mango salsa. The sweet and spicy go together nicely. To make the salsa, dice two mangoes, two cups of jicama, onion, cilantro, lime juice, two serrano chiles (other spicy pepper such as jalapenos), and salt. Stir the ingredients together and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.
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