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November 20, 2012
Best Wild Turkey Recipe Contest: And the Winner Is… - 0
by John Taranto
Many thanks to everyone who entered our wild turkey recipe contest. We received a bunch that surely make some fine dishes, and one in particular that made us grin:
While we appreciate the submitter’s sense of humor, we were looking for the best recipe for making a meal of wild turkey meat. The final word in that matter was that of Chef Charlie Palmer, who selected John MacDonald’s Buttermilk Fried Turkey as the winner.
Buttermilk Fried Turkey
As for why he selected MacDonald’s recipe above all others, Palmer said, “I chose John MacDonald’s Buttermilk Fried Turkey for a few reasons. For one, wild turkey meat tends to be a little on the dryer side compared to your regular Thanksgiving dinner turkey. By soaking it in buttermilk overnight, you are locking in the moisture and also enriching the flavor of the meat. Secondly, pan-frying it is a good way to go. John’s recipe has us filleting off the turkey breasts and pan-frying them, which will continue to keep the meat moist. Finally, the cayenne pepper and seasonings he’s used in his flour will give you some great flavor with just the right amount of kick. Nice work John!”
For winning the contest, John MacDonald will receive a prize pack that includes a Bass Pro Shops 30-Quart Propane Turkey Fryer; a signed copy of Charlie Palmer’s book Great American Food; and a sampling of marinades, rubs, and seasonings from Hi Mountain.
Congrats, John, and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Photo Credit: National Wild Turkey Federation