This healthy wild game recipe consists of marinaded salmon, baked red potatoes, and wild rice. To help me in the flavor department, I settled on trying some hunter oriented food products from Local Legends. According to this Texas based company, their seasonings and marinades are developed by hunters for hunters and that was all I needed to hear to give them a try.
The first step was to marinate 2 thawed salmon fillets in the Local Legends Angler’s Choice Fish Marinade for 5 hours. I set the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven preheated I cubed 5 medium sized red potatoes and placed them into a 1 gallon zip lock bag. I added an 1/8 cup of olive oil and about 2 tbsp of the Local Legends All Purpose Seasoning. I shook the bag until the potatoes were evenly coated. I put them in an oven safe glass dish covered and placed them in the oven for 45 minutes.
While the potatoes cooked, I followed the directions for preparing some of Local Legends Gourmet Wild Rice Blend. I combined 1 cup of the wild rice, 2 cups of water, and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a stove top pan and brought it to a boil. Then it was stir, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 35-45 minutes. You can use broth in place of the water for even more flavor if you wish.
With about 25 minutes to go on both the potatoes and rice, I placed the marinated salmon fillets in a baking dish uncovered and placed them in the oven beside the potatoes. I got back on the computer and finished checking trail camera pictures while I waited. During this time my wife came home and said the house smelled wonderful and asked what was for dinner. I just smiled and told her I was making a gourmet wild game dinner. She replied, “I’m scared.” Truth is, I’m a good cook and she knows it but she is always skeptical when I’m trying something new.
I let the salmon fillets cook for 25 minutes before everything got done at the same time which is always a trait of a skilled cook. I didn’t want to dump any extra marinade on the salmon until I tasted it first. A marinade shouldn’t have to be used like a sauce but believe me I have had to do that with some marinades just to be able to taste it. This was not the case with the Local Legends Marinade. The fish had a wonderful sweet smoky taste to it. For once my wife didn’t have to douse it in lemon juice, she ate it just as it was and loved it as did I. I give the marinade a definite two thumbs up.
The baked red potatoes were excellent. I normally use the zip lock bag trick with the olive oil and seasonings, but usually my seasonings consist of garlic powder and maybe some seasoning salt. The Local Legends All Purpose Seasoning definitely has some garlic powder in it which is nice (not too far from home) but then it also had other seasonings that put it over the top. I can already tell I’ll be doing the man thing and putting that seasoning on everything I make. Another two thumbs up.
Finally, the wild rice blend made the perfect side dish and completed the healthy meal theme. I did not add any seasonings to the rice and I used water instead of broth and it was still very good. But you could certainly add seasonings or even just salt and pepper to taste if you prefer.
This makes a very nice well rounded healthy meal. In my opinion there is nothing better than a gourmet wild game dinner. I cannot wait to try some of the different Local Legends Marinades. They make other marinades for everything from venison and wild boar to beef and duck. I highly recommend trying the Local Legends wild game marinades. I got mine online at www.tastealegend.com and no I am not being paid to say that, it really is some good stuff.
Thanks for reading and happy gourmet cooking!