You can learn how to cook a variety of tasty dishes featuring wild game and fish with New Hampshire Fish and Game’s half-hour television show, New Hampshire Wildside. The show has periodic cooking segments with special host Chef Denny Corriveau, owner of Wild Cheff Enterprises, a New England resource for cooking with wild game, free-range meats and organic foods.
“A lot of people would just throw some venison steaks on the grill, but with the cooking videos you can make gourmet meals out of the meats,” said New Hampshire Fish and Game videographer Jason Philippy, who works with the show. “It doesn’t have to be bland and boring. It can be a vary tasty and delicious meal.”
There have been 16 cooking videos featured on New Hampshire Wildside over the last few years, most of which are about six minutes long. They cover recipe preparation from start to finish, as well as side dishes and any special seasonings and sauces used.
Recipes have featured various kinds of fish, turkey, pheasant, moose and bear meat, venison and more and have included dishes like chicken-fried goose breast, salmon pie, wild turkey sautee, venison flatbread pizza and moose chili.
“It takes the mystery out of how to prepare a meal with these meats,” Philippy said. “A lot of people think of game meat and they think, ‘Well, what would you do with it?’ But these recipes are not complicated and they make cooking with game meat not such a foreign experience for people.”
As far as acquiring game meat if you aren’t a hunter, Philippy recommends going to a butcher shop that specializes in game meat such as the Hungry Buffalo in Loudon, or “befriending a hunter.”
Some meats like fish and certain fowl you can also find at a regular grocery store or butcher shop.
“And you don’t have to use wild game meat either,” Philippy said. “Wild game is just [Chef Denny Corriveau’s] forte, but you could still learn from the videos and just use chicken or steak instead of game meat for the recipes.”