It’s time to pull your favorite stretchy pants out of the back of the closet and get the TV ready to watch parades and football games.

Thanksgiving Day is almost here, and with that comes delicious food, time with family and friends and great memories to be made.

What’s Thanksgiving dinner without a juicy turkey on the table? From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources family to yours, we’d like to offer some recipes and tips for making the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. From wild turkey appetizers to deep-fried turkey delights, we’ve got you covered for the 2018 holiday season.

“Wild turkey meat is very flavorful and can be used in almost any recipe,” said Al Stewart, DNR Upland Game Bird Specialist. “There is nothing more rewarding than to serve a wild turkey that you harvested for Thanksgiving Day dinner.”

 

 

1Wild Turkey Appetizer

Joe Robison and his daughter, Sidney pose with Sidney’s spring turkey. Hunters in Michigan have opportunities to shoot turkeys in the spring and fall.

Maybe you were lucky enough to shoot a wild turkey this fall, or perhaps you still have a bird in the freezer from the spring season that could make a tasty appetizer to serve at your Thanksgiving feast.

Joe Robison, DNR Wildlife Division southeast region supervisor, offers a great recipe for turning a wild bird into a delectable hors d’oeuvre.

“Cut your wild turkey breast into one-quarter or one-half-inch cubes and marinate them overnight in Italian dressing,” Robison said.

The next day, lightly coat the cubes in your favorite breading Robison likes to use either Young’s or Drake’s batter mix and lightly fry them in peanut oil. Serve them with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing or cocktail sauce.

“My daughter Sidney harvested a nice turkey this past spring, and we prepared her turkey this way,” he said. “The whole family enjoyed the fruits of her labor.”

 

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