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How do you cook a wild turkey without frying it?

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Roast it the same way that you would a domestically raised turkey. (NOTE: I am assuming that frying probably makes it a moister product. If she roasts it, she probably is concerned about it being too dry.) However, the following is a recipe that I found in my files.

BIRD BAKED IN SOUR CREAM (use pheasant, duck, sage hen, wild turkey or grouse.) Ingredients: Bird, cut into serving pieces Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (optional) 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup water 1/4 teaspoon thyme

Instructions: This recipe is especially good for tough birds because the sour cream acts as a tenderizing agent. Preheat oven to 325 F. Roll bird pieces in seasoned flour and brown quickly in butter in large skillet. Transfer pieces to casserole. Add sour cream and mushrooms to casserole. Add water to skillet and pour into casserole. Sprinkle with thyme and cover tightly. Bake until meat is tender (about one hour). Serves 2-5 people.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University in July 2004

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