Wild Game Recipes: Goose Jalapeño Poppers
By Kristin Alberts
With fairly quick prep time, this zippy appetizer is sure to impress guests and is a delectable way to use small cuts of meats like goose, duck, or dove breasts instead of the standard big game tenderloin. These jalapeño poppers can also be made ahead and then grilled over an open fire, smoked on a pellet grill, baked in the oven, or done in an air fryer. Simply adjust the cooking times accordingly so the meat is finished to medium-rare to remain tender and the bacon is crispy. If oven baking, using a broiler pan or something similar allows the bacon fat to drip-free and create better crisping.
Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
12 jalapeno peppers
1 bar cream cheese, room temperature
12 slices of bacon
Shredded cheddar cheese
Goose breast or other wild meat like dove or tenderloin, sliced thin (roughly 1.5-inch by 3-inch pieces)
3 to 4 tablespoons homemade maple syrup
Begin by washing and drying your peppers. Pro tip: wear gloves while handling peppers or wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes. Slice the peppers lengthwise, leaving the stem intact if you like the look. Use a teaspoon to scrape the seeds and other internals free, discarding them.
Because of the early seeding/de-veining