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Old 07-26-2016, 02:24 PM   #1
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Tried this recipe over the weekend. I had about 16 whole skin-on doves leftover from last year that needed eaten. So I invited some friends over and we cooked them this way.

This is actually a Jessie Griffiths recipe out of his book Afield that I recently bought, and was also featured in Texas Monthly awhile back.

http://www.texasmonthly.com/food/dove/

Hot Fried Birds (serves 4)
12 whole doves, plucked and gutted
1 cup buttermilk
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
oil or lard, for frying
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons honey
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons hot sauce
4 thinly sliced jalapeņos
1/4 cup fresh herb leaves, such as parsley or marjoram

Halve the birds by cutting down one side of the breastbone and through the ribs with a sharp, heavy knife. Repeat on the opposite side, effectively removing the breastbone. Soak the halves in buttermilk for 4 to 12 hours in the refrigerator.

Remove the birds from the buttermilk, season well with salt and pepper, and dredge in flour. Shake off the excess flour and refrigerate them for at least half an hour.

Heat 4 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a fryer or large pot.

Melt the butter, then combine it with the honey, garlic, and hot sauce in a large bowl.

Fry the birds in batches until golden brown and crisp, 3 or 4 minutes. Drain well on paper towels.

Toss the fried birds with the melted-butter mixture, add the jalapeņos and herbs, and transfer to a plate. Serve immediately.



The only thing I did differently from the recipe, is that I actually sauted the jalapenos and minced garlic in butter and browned them a bit. I think that probably improved the flavor. Once all mixed, it really is the perfect level of spice, not too hot at all. I used chalula for the hot sauce.

A couple notes:

-The recipe in his book says that the wing and leg bones will soften and can be eaten whole. That is the way I ate them, but be careful because it's not that easy to do. I was pretty much the only one that ate the bones, everyone else just picked the meat the best they could.

-The flavor was outstanding! It's really something similar to a jalapeno garlic wing sauce. That's essentially what these ares: hot wings with dove instead of chicken. Everyone agreed that it would've been much easier to eat without the bones. You do get a little bit more meat eating them this way, but it's also more difficult. So maybe next time I will just breast them out. I had never done a recipe with whole dove, and I just wanted to try something unique.

- I had also saved all the hearts and gizzards from those doves too. I fried them up last. They were some quite tasty little morsels!

- Between me and the wife, 2 buddies and their wives and kids, I figured I would not have enough to go around (And I new the kids would be picky), so I also cooked bite size pieces of deer steak (from top round) the cooked them the exact same way as the dove. They were excellent as well, and none were left over. I did end up with about 8 dove halves left that have been my lunch the last 2 days.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:33 PM   #2
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That looks amazing
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:36 PM   #3
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Looks great! Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:41 PM   #4
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Dear lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:45 PM   #5
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I don't know you but you are welcome to come cook out at my place anytime!
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:47 PM   #6
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For the record, that is Jessie Griffiths picture, not mine. But mine did look exactly like that, just with a messier kitchen.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:48 PM   #7
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Looks dang good and spicy!

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Old 07-26-2016, 03:01 PM   #8
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That actually made my mouth water. Dang but I love me some dove.

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Old 07-26-2016, 03:22 PM   #9
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Oh my gosh that looks incredible.
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:29 PM   #10
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Wow that looks awesome.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:36 PM   #11
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that sounds really good. Will have to try this one.

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Old 07-26-2016, 06:50 PM   #12
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Dang that looks good, great pic too
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:01 PM   #13
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Great recipe, we have used it many times. We have also thrown in chicken wings along with the doves. We also double or triple the sauce recipe and pour the extra over rice we cook to serve with the dove.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:10 PM   #14
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Now I can't wait for September 1st
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:32 AM   #15
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Cooking doves with skin on makes a lot of difference. The way we had to do it when kids, Dad made us pick the doves leaving the skin on , he didn't want us to learn to waste meat, so just breasting them wasn't allowed. Hardly no one picks doves now days. The little bit of fat on the back neair the tail makes for delicious eating. Still pick mine to this day. Guess he learned me good! Your recipe sounds awesome.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:56 AM   #16
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Wow that looks awesome!!!
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:00 AM   #17
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I do the same thing with breasts. Good stuff
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:14 AM   #18
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I'll give that a try


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Old 08-13-2016, 01:10 PM   #19
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Looking forward to putting this recipe to work very soon!
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Old 08-13-2016, 01:25 PM   #20
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Gonna have to try this with some quail
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:03 PM   #21
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Going to try this as well
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:15 PM   #22
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I have got to get some Doves and try this, looks amazing.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:17 PM   #23
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:25 PM   #24
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Last year I was invited to a friend-of-a-friend's opening weekend gathering near Lampasas. One of the guys there insisted we pluck several dozen of the birds from the first morning's hunt - said he had a "special recipe". (Admittedly I grumbled a bit because plucking is such a tedious PIA) He used that recipe and I gotta tell you they were incredible. That butter/honey/hot sauce is what puts the taste over the top! We tried it again the next day with doves we had breasted and they were just as good IMO
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:06 PM   #25
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Dove season is around the corner and this recipe will be the first I try. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:20 PM   #26
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Dang that looks great


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Old 08-17-2016, 12:43 PM   #27
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Sounds great. I'm sure we will give it a try. My brother is a wings connoisseur and the idea of doing it with doves sounds great.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:51 PM   #28
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Looks, awesome. Im a fan of the whole bird.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:54 PM   #29
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looks tasty
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:58 PM   #30
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That looks good, thanks for including pic.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:12 PM   #31
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Well I know what I am cooking next! Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2016, 02:22 PM   #32
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I'll give it a whirl


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Old 08-30-2016, 05:14 PM   #33
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That sounds great! Chicken fried dove breasts are the bomb!
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:17 PM   #34
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That sounds amazing!
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:04 AM   #35
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Wow.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:00 PM   #36
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Tried it....may never eat another on the grill.
worth picking every one.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:35 AM   #37
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We did it with the deboned breast halves. It was probably the best dove I have ever had. Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:44 PM   #38
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Made the sauce last night for the fun of it. Today I dumped it into the crockpot along with a half dozen boneless chicken breasts and a can of diced tomatoes. This came out great!
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:07 AM   #39
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Wow!
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:34 PM   #40
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Going to have to give this a try with my quail.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:31 PM   #41
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I bet that this recipe would be great with duck breasts cut into fingers.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:32 PM   #42
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looks delicious
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:19 PM   #43
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Bump for the upcoming season.

There was a pic originally in the OP, not sure what happened.


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Old 08-19-2017, 09:41 AM   #44
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Going to give this s try
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:25 AM   #45
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:18 AM   #46
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Thanks for posting again. Will try this 9/1.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:20 AM   #47
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grizz83 View Post
Bump for the upcoming season.

There was a pic originally in the OP, not sure what happened.



Looks delicious.


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Old 08-21-2017, 07:27 AM   #48
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I did this last year and it was delicious. A definite for this year.
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