Every year for as long as I can remember Sep 1st has basically been a holiday for my family! Why Sep 1st you ask?? Dove Season that’s why!!! I often hear people call dove “sky rats” and say
things like “they are so small why kill them” and a “why would you kill a bird of peace”. Its simple they are delicious, and they are so much fun to hunt. Dove season doesn’t get the respect it deserves, in most states it’s the kickoff for hunting season and like I said earlier it’s a lot of fun. You get up before the sun and meet up with 5-20 if your closest friends or even some guys you never meet, surrounded by a field full of sunflower’s, milo, corn or wheat and when the sun comes up the fun starts!! These little rockets of gray feathers will humble the most experienced shooters!!
I read somewhere that 13.5 million Dove are harvested annually and that on average 7 shots are fired for every dove killed that means at least 94.5 million shot gun shells are fired at dove every year!!! That’s a lot of shooting and a lot of fun!!! Few thing’s in this world are better than sitting at the end of a line of people shooting at one dove and watching every one of them miss. It’s hilarious and made even more so when you miss as well!
Now after you shoot 50 shells to get your limit of dove what do you do with them??? Most people are going to tell you to breast them and wrap them in bacon with Jalapenos and what ever else you can come up with and that is a great way to do it!! But there are other ways that are just as good if not better!!
Today I’m going to share with you how to make what I like to call “Dove Nuggets”!
The first thing you want to do is fillet the meat from the breast. Once that is completed you will want to tenderize the meat with a meat tenderizer. I will wrap it all in saran wrap then beat it on both sides until It reaches my desired thickness.
Next, place all the meat in a bowl then cover the meat with soy sauce add black pepper, garlic powder and desired amount of Chili Sauce. Mix well then place in the fridge.
In a separate bowl add breadcrumbs and all-purpose flower mix well and set aside. (if you want to spice things up and some Cajun seasoning)
Crack the Eggs into a flat dish and beat.
Place a fillet into the eggs and coat both sides then dip it into the breadcrumb mix, coating the entire filet. Repeat until all filets are well coated. Place in the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until the breading has turned a golden brown. (be careful not to overcook, dove is best at medium rare)
If you want the nuggets to be extra crispy double dip them in the egg and bread crumb mix.
Serve and enjoy!!