Hunters’ Breakfast Recipe

Button Mushrooms
flickr/Ben Ward


  • 12  doves
  • 3 tablespoons  butter
  • 2 tablespoons  flour
  • 1 teaspoon  mustard
  •   Milk, for the sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  pepper
  • 1/3 cup  chopped mushrooms
  • eggs, hard-boiled and sliced
  • 1 pound  shell macaroni
  •   Sprigs of parsley (optional)
  •   Pimento, to taste (optional)
  •   French bread, toasted and well buttered, for serving

“Every hunter should know how to prepare and cook his own birds and game. It’s the finishing touch to a day spent in the open, when you return home with an appetite as sharp as a razor. My specialty is doves. Here’s a recipe that is simple and sure fire, if you just follow the instructions. Of course, the first thing to do is to get your limit of doves. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, I know.” — Clark Gable

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First, pick the doves, dry, put in boiling water, and cook until tender. (Be careful, however, that the meat is firm and not cooked until it falls off the bones.) While the doves are on the fire, prepare the sauce and cook the macaroni. The sauce goes like this: Melt the butter in a double boiler, stir in the flour mixed with prepared mustard, add the milk, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened to the right consistency. Toss in some chopped mushrooms and sliced hard boiled eggs.

Cook the macaroni in boiling water until tender — drain in colander, pour cold water over the macaroni until all the starch is removed. Place the doves on a heated platter and surround with the cooked macaroni. Pour white sauce over the birds. Don’t get too much on the macaroni. It makes it soggy. Garnish with sprigs of parsley and pimento, if you feel ritzy. Serve with toasted, well buttered French bread. “I’ll have another helping, thanks.”


Calories per serving:

1,162 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 57g 87%
  • Carbs 364g 121%
  • Saturated 28g 140%
  • Fiber 16g 64%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 15g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 83g 166%
  • Cholesterol 650mg 217%
  • Sodium 1,588mg 66%
  • Calcium 210mg 21%
  • Magnesium 275mg 69%
  • Potassium 1,359mg 39%
  • Iron 19mg 105%
  • Zinc 9mg 59%
  • Phosphorus 1,229mg 176%
  • Vitamin A 532µg 59%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 286%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 159%
  • Niacin (B3) 35mg 174%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 48%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,180µg 295%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 24%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 6%
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