Published March 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

Wild game recipe: Bacon-wrapped dove breast

dove breast filets

your favorite soda (not diet)

bacon, cut into strips

Fillet the breast meat off the mourning doves. Place in a glass dish and marinate with your favorite soda. Do not use a diet soda as you need the sugar from the soda to add sweetness and the acid in the soda breaks down the fibers in the meat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain the breast and then cut strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap a whole breast in the 1/3 bacon strips and secure with a toothpick. Place on a medium indirect heat grill. Watch closely and turn only once. When the bacon is done, take the breasts off the grill and serve hot.

Chef Tim Lawhern

Conservation officer with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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