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Wood Duck Skillet Mac & Cheese

This skillet macaroni and cheese with thinly sliced wood duck breasts completed the whole experience of my first duck hunt. This is definitely a comfort food dish that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s simple, quick, and a one-skillet meal is always delightful. Macaroni & Cheese is a certain crowd-pleaser, but the added tender duck breasts give it a tasteful and hearty component. I recommend adding a decent amount of peppery spices and garlic to give it a slight kick, but that depends on personal preference.

Perhaps the dearest part of it all is preparing the wild game as the unique meal that it can be. It’s a challenge to obtain wild game, especially when it’s flying nearly 60 mph, 30-yards away


4 wood duck breasts
0.33 box of penne pasta – cooked
3 tablespoonbutter
1 cupshredded Cheddar cheese (or slightly more)
~ 2 TBSP flour
~ ½ Cup milk (add more if mix begins to thicken too much)
4 fresh Garlic cloves chopped (or minced garlic)
Cheyanne pepper (ground)
Red pepper flakes
3 tablespoonHoney Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper
Bread crumbs

How to Prepare

  1. Cook pasta according to directions
  2. Cook breasts in skillet on medium-low heat and shred the breasts as they cook. Season with salt and pepper and garlic powder
  3. Remove breasts from skillet and melt 3 TBSP of butter in the skillet. Add the flour and milk. Stir until it begins to thicken. Add the garlic cloves, salt and pepper and Cheyanne pepper.
  4. Add the shredded breasts and stir.
  5. Add the pasta and stir until everything is coated in the flour mixture. Let cook for about 2 minutes on Med-Low heat.
  6. Add the cheese slowly until it melts and covers everything in the pan. Add cheese to your tasting.
  7. Let simmer for about 5 minutes in low, or until cheese is completely melted.
  8. Add red pepper flakes, mustard and other spices to your tasting. Stir everything together.
  9. Top mac n cheese with bread crumbs (but don’t completely cover with the crumbs) and put in oven for 20 minutes on 350 degrees. Mix-up/push down the crumbs a bit to coat with cheese and make crispy.