Well, I call this pan-fried dove recipe an appetizer, but I like to dine on it as a meal with a salad! These awesome bites of delicious dove are outrageously satisfying. The only problem that I have with this dish is that I can’t stop eating!
Why Cook with Dove Meat?
Dove are interesting little birds. They have little fat and dark meat. The meat is nice and tender, but is best if eaten rare or very slowly braised. Most of the hunters that I know like to grill the dove, which I also love to do, but often I like to entertain using dove and it can be awkward eating them while walking around holding a plate at a party.
I am developing dove recipes that call for deboned dove or the breast meat of the dove. Please note that I don’t throw away the wings; I use them to make an awesome broth for sauces that I love to use over the dove.
I am sharing this particular recipe because it’s very straightforward and everyone always loves them. I haven’t made them yet where they weren’t gone within minutes…no matter how many that I prepared.
How to Pan Fry Dove
You can serve these fried dove bites with just about any kind of sauce. A variety of sauces makes for an extra fun get-together. Since this appetizer is so very easy, you can spend a little time developing a few sauces to use. The sauce changes the entire flavor profile of the dish. You can even make a relish to put over it for an extra fancy sit-down appetizer.
The sky is the limit! Just make it a point to prepare these tasty prizes, whatever you do. It is an experience that you don’t want to miss.
Watch this video to see how to debone a dove.
Stacy Lyn’s Pan Fried Dove Appetizer
- 12 Dove
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- peanut oil for frying
- Remove the breast meat from the dove. Place buttermilk onto a shallow bowl. In another shallow dish combine flour, paprika, salt, and pepper. Dredge the dove breasts into the buttermilk and then into the flour mixture until just coated.
- Pour about 1/4 inch peanut oil into the bottom of a cast iron skillet and bring to 350 degrees. Fry the dove breasts in batches for about 2 minutes turning once during frying. Remove the dove to a platter and serve with your favorite dipping sauce or my favorite, plum jelly!