13 Deliciously Festive Game Birds Dressed for Christmas

Bringing home the holiday game bird is a time-honored tradition that fills the house, and the belly, with Christmas joy. After a long, plentiful trip, you may be a little too exhausted to wrack your brain for a spectacular new recipe. But after all that hard work, you can’t let the main event of a holiday feast only be sub par.

If you don’t want to have a Clark Griswold dry bird situation on your hands, then it’s best to stick with a a delicious recipe. With these 13 ways to dress your holiday game bird, your special supper will be more like the Grinch’s Christmas feast.

1. Roast Duck

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Julia’s Album

Want a tender duck with crispy skin cooked to perfection?

Then you must try this Roast Duck recipe.

2. Rum and Pomegranate Glazed Roast Duck

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Katie at the Kitchen Door

If you are looking for a unique duck recipe this Christmas, then look no further.

This Rum and Pomegranate Glazed Duck with a boozy stuffing was meant to become a Christmas tradition.

3. Pecan and Fig Stuffed Quail

One Girl in the Kitchen
One Girl in the Kitchen

What better way to enjoy a holiday quail than with a pecan and fig stuffing!

Get the recipe here.

4. Roast Quail with Cranberry, Chestnut, and Pork Sausage Stuffing

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Whate Katie Ate

Allergic to pecans?

Try this pork sausage and bacon stuffed quail recipe.

5. Roast Woodcock with Brandy

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Sophia

You can’t go wrong with bacon and brandy on your roasted woodcock.

Get the recipe here.

6. Braised Pheasant in Madeira

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Delia Online

Slowly braised to perfection, smother your pheasant in Madeira sauce for a Christmas dinner to remember.

Get the recipe here.

7. Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant

Marla Meredith
Marla Meredith

Dress your beautiful pheasant in a citrus rosemary rub for your holiday feast.

Get the recipe here.

8. Salmis of Snipe

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Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Contrary to Pixar’s Up, snipes are small brown birds that live around the marsh. A difficult game bird to hunt such as this requires a special recipe. That’s why the Christmas snipe should be cooked like a 200-year-old French dish.

Get the recipe here.

9. Pan Fried Rough Grouse

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solooutdoors.ca

If you are looking for an easy, quick recipe that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, then pan fry your Christmas grouse with this recipe.

10. Partridges with Cranberries and Rosemary

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Skip the pears this Christmas, and pan fry your partridge with cranberries.

Get the recipe here.

11. Roast Partridge with Cider Gravy

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Delicious magazine

Roast Partridge with Cider Gravy needs to be on the table because every holiday bird should be wrapped in bacon.

12. Orange-Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast

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The Cozy Apron

If you got a lot of turkey this season, chances are it will make its way to the Christmas dinner table, and rightfully so.

This Orange-Glazed Roasted Turkey recipe gives us just another reason to have turkey this Christmas.

13. Orange Five-Spice Roast Goose and Potatoes

The Woks of Life
The Woks of Life

A Christmas classic, goose should be on the table this holiday.

And this Orange Five-Spice Roast Goose is the one recipe that will make it a very merry Christmas.

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