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Dove breast recipes?

Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
Tomorrow is opening day of dove season so me and a bunch of friends are going out to bag some of these bad boys. My inherited 1978 browning citori 12 gauge is ready to go!!!! Ive smoked dove breasts and i have wrapped them in bacon and grilled before but was trying to think of something a bit more creative this year. Does anyone have any good recipes for dove?


  • Outlaw77Outlaw77 Posts: 71
    I take the dove breast and cook until about 70% done make a pot of brown gravy and throw dove in pot to finish them up. Good over a bed of rice. Good with quail also
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    Are doves the same thing as squab or pigeon?


    Caledon, ON


  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 5,001
    Cut the meat out into two filets and make abt's with them.

    You should have ur gun appraised. I'm fairly certin that year and model is worth decent money.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    Doves are smaller than pigeons. I may be telling myself this just so I will eat them but I believe they are much cleaner than pigeons. The pigeons I see around here are city birds that are nothing more than a flying rat :)
  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468

    Cut the meat out into two filets and make abt's with them.

    You should have ur gun appraised. I'm fairly certin that year and model is worth decent money.

    Good idea Travis on the abts. It is a fairly valuable gun. I also have the matching 20 gauge. My grandfather left me his collection which contains about 45 guns. I'm guessing 25-30 rifles, 3 shotguns and 12-15 handguns. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors
  • BuckdodgerBuckdodger Posts: 948
    Wrap the breasts in a half slice of bacon, medium heat...300 * dome. Direct till bacon becomes semi crisp. Really good, bacon will keep the little boobs from drying out and add a bit of flavor. Did them on my gasser this way...way better on the egg.  

    Alexander City,Al
  • Not necessarily an Egg recipe (although we do both the brown gravy and bacon wrapped methods mentioned above a few times each hear) but our favorite is pickled. Filet the breasts off the bones and then pickle them as you would vegetables. I prefer a spicy/garlicky brine solution but there are a myriad of good pickling recipes out there. I come from a region of California with a large Basque population and the idea came from emulating pickled tongue (which is also fantastic).

    Give a few a shot if you're looking for something new, they're darn good.

    Cheers -
    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    Thanks guys, some really good sounding ideas. The hunt is supposed to be hot and heavy this year. We have had a good corn crop which means a ton of birds. My buddy who owns the farm said if all 20 of us don't have our limits within 2 hours we don't deserve to own a shotgun! Should have plenty of doves to try several different recipes.
  • Wrap dove breast and jalapeño with bacon!
  • soak them over night in equal parts soy sauce, honey and italian dressing.


    I leave them on the bone put a jalepeno slice on them wrap in bacon and grill till the bacon is crispy

  • Looks like a good result, how were they flying?
    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 2,650
    Tomorrow starts our season- ready to give my new versa-max a try. Hard to beat them wrapped in bacon and marinated in Italian dressing
    Greensboro, NC
  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    We had a good hunt. Limited out in two hours. I went to the ECU game which was at noon, huge mistake. I think the heat index was 103 and standing in the bleachers was a bit warm. The local news said between 300-350 people where treated for heat related illness and over 50 where taken to the hospital. We decided to marinade them in dales low sodium for about 45 minutes then wrapped the breast in bacon. Turned out well.
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