A Recipe for Flaky Cheese and Pepper Dove Rolls

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Dove meat isn't just for wrapping in bacon.Josh Dahlke

It seems the go-to answer for preparing doves usually involves toothpicks, bacon, and some kind of cheese/pepper combo. No doubt, that’s a damned good way to do it, but today let’s consider a different kind of tasty tribute to the precious little birds.

I try to avoid food that’s sourced from companies that have a ticker symbol on the stock exchange, but even I sometimes fall prey to dirty convenience. The Pillsbury Doughboy (General Mills, Inc.; NYSE: GIS) is about as attractive to me as Pokémon GO, but some of his canned creations are guilty pleasures. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are a fine example. “Big and flaky.” The packaging doesn’t lie.

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A classy use for Pillsbury Crescent RollsJosh Dahlke

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are rich and very filling, making them a great match for the oft-small rewards that come from a successful day of collecting meat in the dove fields. Plus, the rolls are rather sweet in flavor—combine their sugary sweetness with dove meat (also sweet) and a shot of pineapple, and by golly we’re onto something sweet.

Here’s a recipe that’s simple to make, and that also includes two of the popular elements so many dove hunters are clearly infatuated with: cheese and pepper.

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A mix of sweet and spicyJosh Dahlke

You Will Need

Ingredients

  • 6 chopped dove breasts
  • 1 small can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 diced bell pepper (I used a flame bell pepper because they look cool as hell)
  • 4 tablespoons of Sriracha Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded pepper cheese
  • 1/2 cup of finely diced pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (Real Salt is the best)

Directions

  1. Lightly salt the dove meat, and brown it on medium-high heat in a well-oiled cast-iron skillet.
  2. Form the Pillsbury dough into a single ball, eliminating the pre-formed crescent rolls.
  3. From here, roll the dough out onto a sheet pan; try to create a square that's approximately 12x12 inches.
  4. Spread the Sriracha Chili Garlic Sauce across the entire dough surface.
  5. Distribute the dove breasts, shredded cheese, and pineapple equally on the dough, but try to leave a small border around the edges to make the next step easier.
  6. Tightly roll up the delicious creation like a stick of dove dynamite. If you paid attention to the previous step, you'll have minimal spillage out the ends.
  7. Shove the roll in a preheated 350-degree oven and let it cook for about 20 minutes, or until the outside turns light brown.
  8. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  9. Slice into 1- to 2-inch bite-sized pieces and serve it to your hunting buddies as finger food. Tame the heat with an ice-cold brew.
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Ready to serveJosh Dahlke