Bacon Wrapped Dove

Sunday, November 03, 2013 5 Comments

I will admit, the first time I tried dove I thought it tasted horrible: an odd texture and a distinctive taste, reminiscent of liver, but after some research I learned I did two things wrong in the preparation of my dove. First, I neither marinated or let it soak overnight. Secondly, I overcooked it--dove tastes best when still slightly pink in the middle. Once I corrected for this I now find it very tasty and cannot wait for the next time I find it within my quarry after a hunt. 

Here is one of my favorite recipes for fresh dove: Bacon Wrapped Dove w/Jalapeños

  • Fresh Doves (2 per person is generally adequate for a light meal)
  • Fresh Jalapeños 
  • Cream Cheese
  • Thinly Cut Smoked Bacon
  • Creamy Italian Dressing 
  • Toothpicks
  • Cast Iron Skillet

Advanced Preparation:
  1. Breast out and debone doves. 
  2. Thoroughly rinse meat.
  3. Soak for one hour in cold brine water, remove and dry.
  4. Marinate boneless breasts in a creamy italian dressing for 24-36 hours. 
  1. Preheat cast iron skillet on stove to a medium temperature.
  2. Thinly slice jalapeños, allow 2 slices per breast half. 
  3. Remove Dove from marinade, pat dry.
  4. Coat one side of breast with cream cheese.
  5. Place 2 jalapeños slices atop cream cheese. 
  6. Taking one piece of bacon, fully wrap breast, making sure to fully cover underlying dove.
  7. Secure with toothpick. 
  8. Cook on skillet for 5-6 minutes, be sure to cook on all sides within this time so bacon is fully cooked. 
  9. Serve and enjoy, I generally throw on a few extra jalapeño slices for good measure. 


The bacon is the trick to bring the favor of a lot dull meats. That is one taste full meal--thanks for sharing

Atlas said...

Yeah the bacon really helps the dove since it is so lean.

Daniel said...

Fillet minion of the sky. IT is amazing what some aging can to the taste and texture of the meat. Dove is one of those meats that if you do it right once you'll crave it for a lifetime.

Atlas said...

Indeed it is very tasty once I got it down. The season here is Sept. 1st -Oct. 31st. So it will be a while until I get a chance again.

Josh said...

I had a Brittany Spaniel . . . man, those where some fun outings. That dog could point but you had to keep up, lol.