For a bird that Benjamin Franklin wanted to anoint as the United States’ national bird, the wild turkey doesn’t get much credit as table fare. Come to think of it, neither does the bald eagle, but that’s neither here nor there.

Anyway, wild turkey meat can obviously be quite delicious when cared for properly and prepared well. To that end, and with Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, we want to hear your favorite wild turkey recipes. We’ve even lined up renowned chef and avid hunter Charlie Palmer to review the recipes and pick the one he thinks would make the most delicious meal. The submitter of the recipe that Charlie deems the best will receive a prize pack that includes a [Bass Pro Shops 30-Quart Propane Turkey Fryer]( 10213296/); a signed copy of Charlie Palmer’s book Great American Food; and a sampling of marinades, rubs, and seasonings from Hi Mountain.

Enter the contest by emailing your recipe here:

As a bit of inspiration, we’ve pictured Deputy Editor Gerry Bethge’s famous Wild Turkey Francais above. Here’s the recipe:

Wild Turkey Francais
(Makes 4 portions)

½ wild turkey breast
3 tbsp. oil
1 stick butter
3 eggs
½ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup lemon juice

1. Fillet turkey breast, place between two pieces of saran wrap and pound with a tenderizing mallet until thin. Cut breast into 4 portions. Set aside.

2. Heat butter and oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

3. In a small bowl, beat eggs to fluffy. Mix in parmesan cheese.

4. Dip each breast piece in egg mixture and place in hot skillet. Fry until golden brown, turning once.

5. Add lemon juice and simmer 2 minutes, turning turkey once.
The contest opens today and ends November 15. The winner will be announced on November 22nd. To enter, simply email your favorite wild turkey recipe to Please include “Turkey Recipe” in the subject line. Good luck!**