Editor’s note: The following is part of a series featuring recipes with ingredients harvested from public lands.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has compiled its favorite recipes of dishes that "include ingredients you can hunt, fish, or forage on public lands," and has given GPM permission to reprint their creations here. Before you fire up your campfire or woodstove, however, DOI reminds us:
Hunting and fishing are outdoor activities with tasty results. Before you go after game or cast your line, check out our hunting and fishing guides so that you can make sure you’re following the rules, have the federal and state licenses you need and are keeping safe.
On many public lands, gathering natural, renewable products — such as fruits, berries, nuts or sea shells — is permitted, subject to certain conditions set by each location or state office. Be sure to check nps.gov, fws.gov, blm.gov or the websites of specific parks and national wildlife refuges for the most up-to-date information on availabilities and quantity limits before going to pick plants. Always make sure to properly identify plants before picking them, as some can be hazardous.
Wild Blackberry Cobbler
Indulge your sweet tooth with this dish. Blackberry cobbler is the perfect dessert to serve following any meal and is quick and easy to make! With an abundance of berries to be found on public lands, it is also the perfect recipe to adapt for berries of all sorts. Spend a day picking your favorite berries at locations like Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Montana and Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation employee Audrey Rager is to thank for this wonderful dessert recipe.
4 cups wild blackberries
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
Optional: whipped cream or ice cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the stick of butter in a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish. Place in oven to melt the butter.
Mix berries and 1/2 cup of sugar. Set aside.
Mix all remaining ingredients until lumps are gone.
When the butter is completely melted, remove dish from oven and pour batter over melted butter in dish. Spoon berry/sugar mixture on top of batter. Return baking dish to oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Photo Credit: The Department of the Interior