Duck Poppers

 

Want to do something with that duck you shot besides stick it in the oven or grill it? Try my friend Aaron Custer’s duck poppers.

First, shoot one duck. Filet the breasts and peel off the silver skin. Slice filets long-ways into ¼” or 3/8” slices and soak in cold water for several hours.

Marinate over night in your favorite marinade. I used Italian salad dressing. Anything short of brake fluid should do as long as it includes McCormick’s steak seasoning.

Slice jalapeno peppers long-ways and remove seeds. Six peppers and one mallard makes a ginormous pile of poppers. Fill jalapeno halves with cream cheese and place a strip of duck on each. At this point I deviated from Aaron’s recipe by slicing each popper in two crossways making them more bite-sized. Wrap a half strip of bacon around each popper, secure it with a toothpick, and grill until bacon is done. You want the duck medium rare. If you want to include the legs, wrap bacon around them and grill them but allow more cooking time.

When I tried it the bacon caused a huge flame-up when grilled on high. With the next batch I moved the poppers off the direct flame, lowered the temperature and it worked better.

Prepare some poppers and take them to the duck blind with you to grill at mid-morning when you’re having trouble staying awake. It’s a nice break from Ho Hos and Ding Dongs.

Eat your heart out Rachel Ray! A pile of poppers

 

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About BruceCochran

Bruce Cochran graduated from Oklahoma University in 1960 with a B.A. in design. He worked as a humor writer/illustrator for Hallmark Cards from 1960 – 1962 and has freelanced as a writer, cartoonist and illustrator since then. Cochran drew daily sports cartoon for USA Today from 1983 – 1991. He has 10 humor/cartoon books published by Willow Creek Press and his work appears regularly in Wyoming Wildlife, Outdoor News, On Wisconsin Outdoors, Pheasants Forever Journal, Wildfowl, Gundog, Ducks Unlimited magazine, Delta Waterfowl and other publications. He also writes and illustrates a regular humor column for Wyoming Wildlife News. Bruce won first place in the magazine humor category of OWAA’s EIC contest in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Life Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited. Life member: NRA. Member: Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, OWAA and Outdoor Writers of Kansas.

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