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The Fort Thompson Family’s Guide to Wild Turkey Feasts - Fort Thompson

The Fort Thompson Family’s Guide to Wild Turkey Feasts

You’ve gone through the hunt and you’ve bagged your turkeys, now what? How about some recipes fresh from the Fort Thompson family kitchen to get you started? There’s a lot of turkey talk going on and we sat down with some of our favorite family cooks to get the scoop on how to prepare your wild turkey. Every ingredient can be found at your local grocery store, just add the wild turkey! 

First up, we have the ultimate crockpot recipe for your wild turkey breast. This recipe is perfect for those busy days when you want a delicious, nutritious meal without having to work for it or think about it. Just drop the ingredients in and let it simmer all day long! 

Crockpot Wild Turkey Breast

This recipe is about as easy as shelling peas! Just toss everything in the crockpot before you head out the door. By dinnertime, you'll have a delicious meal ready with barely any work. We're talking throw-in-and-forget goodness! Here's the best part: all those yummy drippings left behind are just begging to be turned into a lip-smacking gravy for your mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. This is down-home cooking at its finest - simple, flavorful, and perfect for those busy weeknights. So, here's that delicious recipe you've been waiting for!


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened not melted. (You’ll need extra to grease your Crockpot. Be sure to use real butter!)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme 
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (2 breasts joined together)
  • 1 large yellow onion (cut into thick slices)
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

The fun part!:

  1. In a small bowl mash together the butter, garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and paprika. Set aside.
  2. Pat breast dry with a paper towel or dishcloth. This helps the herb butter stick better. Now, rub the butter all over the top and sides of the turkey breast as best as you can. 
  3. Butter the bottom of your Crockpot and put in onions and chicken broth. 
  4. Put in turkey breast.
  5. Cook on low for six to seven hours or until the internal temperature of the turkey is 160 degrees
    (If you can, baste the turkey after about an hour of cooking)
  6. When done, remove from dish. Discard the onion, but save that juice for your gravy!
  7. Just before taking the turkey out of the crockpot, preheat the broiler and raise the rack close to it. Put the turkey in the oven just to brown the top. Keep an eye on it! 
  8. Let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before slicing!
  9. ENJOY!

That crockpot sure did a number on that wild turkey breast, didn't it? Fall-off-the-bone tender and bursting with flavor, it's a weeknight win for sure. But maybe you're hankering for something a little more dressed up, a showstopper for a weekend feast.  Well, fret no more!  Next up, we've got a recipe for Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast that'll have your guests ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your culinary prowess. This recipe takes things up a notch with a flavorful stuffing, perfect for soaking up all those delicious juices. So, whether you're feeding a family on the go or a crowd on a special occasion, we've got the perfect wild turkey recipe for you!

Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast


  • 3 lbs Wild Turkey Breast
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup fresh chopped spinach
  • ⅓ cup chopped cooked bacon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped herbs parsley, rosemary, and thyme (for the melted butter)


  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cracked pepper

The Fun Part:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees; grease small baking dish
  2. Put the turkey breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to ¼ inch thickness
  3. Combine cream cheese, spinach, garlic, bacon, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and parsley
  4. Spread mixture on turkey about ½ inch from edges
  5. Roll tightly starting at the long end; close together with toothpicks; put in baking dish and rub with spice rub
  6. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes (depending on size and oven). The internal temperature should be 160 degrees in the thickest part of the breast.
  7. Turn on your broiler and put it in for about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch it, we just want to brown the turkey!
  8. Put your turkey on the cutting board and rest for 5 - 10 minutes before slicing. Mix the melted butter and herbs together to pour over the turkey before serving
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Now, that stuffed turkey breast sure is a showstopper, a perfect centerpiece for a special occasion. But what if you're craving something a little more down-home, a taste of Southern comfort food? Well, hold onto your hats, because next up we've got a recipe for Southern Fried Wild Turkey that'll have you licking your fingers and reaching for seconds. We're talkin' crispy, golden-fried perfection, bursting with the rich flavor of wild turkey. It's a taste of tradition, a simple yet satisfying dish that's perfect for a casual family dinner or a backyard get-together. So, whether you're a fan of fancy roasts or crave the comfort of fried chicken, we've got the perfect wild turkey recipe for you!

Southern Fried Wild Turkey


  • Turkey breast cut into thin straps, like the size of french fries only longer
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-2 tsp Seasoning Mix* 
  • 1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 cups peanut oil
    *Seasoning Mix:
  • 5 Tbsp Tony Chachere’s 
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano

Fun Part:

  1. Mix buttermilk, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl
  2. Soak your turkey strips overnight, but if you can’t 3 - 4 hours will do just as good
  3. Put breadcrumbs on a large plate and sprinkle with seasoning*. 
  4. Dip the turkey in the breadcrumbs, coating generously
  5. In a large cast iron skillet, bring oil to 375 degrees
  6. Fry turkey stripe few at a time until golden brown and crispy. Place on paper towel to drain. 
  7. Allow strips to cool… if you can!

The Crockpot Wild Turkey Breast is perfect for busy weeknights. It requires minimal prep and leaves you with tender, flavorful turkey and drippings for gravy. For a more awe-inspiring dish, the Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast with its flavorful stuffing is a great option for your dinner party or to elevate your average Tuesday night. Lastly, if you're craving comfort food, try the Southern Fried Wild Turkey in all its crispy, golden-fried perfection.

These recipes include easy-to-find ingredients and step-by-step instructions, making them perfect for any home cook. Give them a try and let us know what you think. What’s your favorite way to prepare those gobblers you bagged? Let us know!