Cornbread Casserole Recipe with Doves

Doves are a savory addition to this Cornbread Casserole Recipe.

From "Dressing & Cooking Wild Game"
February 2015

  • Cornbread casserole with doves
    Doves are prone to becoming dry if roasted separately. Incorporating them into a moist cornbread casserole keeps the meat tender and adds to the flavor of the cornbread, too.
    Photo courtesy Voyageur Press
  • Dressing & Cooking Wild Game
    "Dressing & Cooking Wild Game," by Teresa Marrone, is a complete guide to field dressing and cooking great-tasting big game, small game, upland birds and waterfowl. Color photographs, step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information make this book essential to preparing meals as memorable as the hunts that made them possible.
    Cover courtesy Voyageur Press
  • Cornbread casserole with doves
  • Dressing & Cooking Wild Game

Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr 15 min

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 1 hr

Yield: 4 servings

Wild game is richer in flavor and lower in fat and calories than domestic meat, but cooking it successfully can be a challenge. With the step-by-step instructions in Dressing & Cooking Wild Game (Voyageur Press, 2014), by Teresa Marrone, you can ensure great-tasting dishes after every hunting expedition, from properly field dressing your game to choosing a preparation that suits it. The following recipe is from “Upland Game Birds: Recipes.”

Moist corn bread stuffing prevents the doves from becoming dry in this classic Southern recipe.


• 8 dove breasts

For the cornbread casserole:

• 1/2 cup chopped celery
• 1/4 cup sliced green onion
• 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
• 1/4 cup butter or margarine
• 3 cups corn bread stuffing mix
• 1 cup upland game bird stock or chicken broth
• 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole; set aside.

2. In medium skillet, cook and stir celery, onion, and parsley in butter over medium heat until tender.

3. Add remaining stuffing ingredients. Mix until moistened.

4. Place half of stuffing mixture in prepared casserole. Arrange dove breasts over stuffing.

5. Cover completely with remaining stuffing mixture.

6. Bake, uncovered, until dove is cooked through and tender, about 1 hour.

More from Dressing & Cooking Wild Game:

How to Cook Wild Game Meat
Peppered Antelope Roast Recipe
Grilled Deer Loin Recipe with Brown Sugar Glaze
Squirrel Brunswick Stew Recipe
Roast Duck Recipe with Pineapple

Reprinted with permission from Dressing & Cooking Wild Game by Teresa Marrone and published by Voyageur Press, 2014.

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