There are few hunts as social as waterfowl hunting. The camaraderie that comes with heading out into the field with a few friends, setting up the decoys, then covering up while the birds pour in – is second to none. Just as social as the hunt, is the processing and preparing of the harvested birds. One of the tastiest, and often underutilized cuts of waterfowl meat is a Canada goose breast. There is nothing that will bring your hunting party closer, than a perfectly cooked breast after a successful morning hunt.
In this simple recipe below, Josh McFadden demonstrates how easy it is to cook a goose steak to perfection! Follow along and add it into your cooking repertoire to show off to your hunting buddies just how good a goose steak can be!
Jalapeno Popper Ingredients
- A dozen or so Jalapenos
- 1 brick of room temp cream cheese
- 1 Cup shredded extra-old cheddar
- ¾ Cup crisp diced bacon
- 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, fine chopped
- Squeeze from half a lemon
- Halve the jalapenos and hollow out with a spoon.
- Mix the cheeses, bacon, parsley, lemon and pepper all together until smooth.
- Spoon the mixture tightly into the jalapeno halves until level with the top. You can have a little extra in there too, it doesn’t hurt.
- Place them in a hot BBQ between 350-400 and close the lid for a few minutes.
- Check on them periodically, then remove once they are bubbling and turn a beautiful golden brown on top.
Goose Steak Intro:
I’ve been treating goose breasts like my favourite beef steaks for years. They are not complicated and should be treated like a prized piece of meat that you tend to during the cooking process and bring up to a rare to medium-rare cook temp. I like the 135-145f degree range.
Choose a breast that feels tender to the touch. One of the tricks is to make sure you are eating from a bird that had a quick death as it will ensure a more tender cut.
Goose Steak with Chimichurri Ingredients
- Goose breasts, halved flat (1-2 per person)
- Salt + Pepper OR your favourite steak seasoning
- 1 bundle of parsley, chopped fine
- 3 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped fine
- Red wine vinegar OR apple cider vinegar (start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste)
- ⅓ Cup canola oil
- Optional – chili pepper flakes OR fine diced jalapeno
- Dash of Salt + Pepper
- Season the goose breast liberally on both sides.
- Place them on a very hot grill and do not leave their sides.
- They will cook quick! You do not want to close the lid of the grill and risk overcooking them.
- Once the first side looks cooked about half way, a few minutes, flip over and cook the other side for another few minutes.
- If you have a thermometer, it will be your best friend here.
- Pull off of the grill and LET THEM REST for at least 10 minutes.
- Slice them in thin strips against the grain of the meat and eat with a generous topping of your fresh chimichurri.
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