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I just poached a SWAN EGG. It was huge and awesome.

Have any of you on this board cooked one of these? If so how did you cook it? I have one more.

Jeff B Bannister

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  1. It's probably important to mention about now that, depending on species, possession of migratory waterfowl eggs is a state and federal offense in much of the US.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      If it's legal to raise swans there's nothing wrong with eating the eggs should you choose.

      1. re: MandalayVA

        I did do some googling...including in JB's home state....before I posted that.

        *depending on species* would leave some leeway for exceptions, but before we have someone wading through wetlands to score a couple of swan eggs....

        1. re: MandalayVA

          So is it that if you own the swan it is legal to eat the eggs but if the swan is wild it's not?

      2. I have no advice for you on preparing your second egg. Nevertheless, I wanted to note my general approval of one of the most 'houndish posts I've seen in a while. Very cool. Enjoy and let us know what you decided to do with it.

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        1. How about a very large deviled egg?

          1. Could you give us some more detailed description, maybe how it tasted?

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              1. re: escondido123

                I thought it was very rich. I poached it in a tomato sauce then finished it in under the broiler.

              2. About how many graded large hens eggs it is equivalent to? Maybe a frittata?

                1. Where I am it would be illegal to have swan eggs.

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                  1. re: Harters

                    Isn't that because the Queen owns all the swans?

                    1. re: mnosyne

                      Not strictly true - at least not these days. But we still manage to preserve some of our archaic past. The technical thing is that the monarch owns all swans on open water but its only applied on parts of the River Thames - so I guess I could own one as a pet

                      The answer why it's illegal in the UK is much simpler - it's against the law to collect eggs from just about all wild birds and has been since 1954. Punishable by a £5000 fine and/or 6 months prison - per egg. And it's a law taken seriously - a number of egg collectors have indeed gone to prison in recent years

                      1. re: Harters

                        the egges were bought in an Asian Market. $8.50 a piece.

                  2. Never had one, but poached in tomato sauce may be a good running start for a neat huevo ranchero or motuleno, a magnum. Strange birds, nasty as they are pretty.

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                    1. re: Veggo

                      Yes, I'd think twice about trying to steal an egg from a swan. I've gotten too close to a nest a couple of times and boy did she let me know it..haha..

                      1. re: King of Northern Blvd

                        Swans have been known to kill people who get too close to a nest. Stay clear!

                        (One of the scariest paintings in the world is in the Rijksmuseum, of an angry swan. You'd swear it was about to leap out of the canvas and savage you. Brrrrr!)

                        1. re: King of Northern Blvd

                          Once I was rowing a skull on the Charles River and got too close to a swans' nest on a bridge piling. The scars (physical, not mental) lasted for years.

                      2. I am taking a 1cup pasta sauce and 1 cup of wine. I reduce it until it is thick.. I a full tablespoon or so of cream cheese and stir until melted. Drop egg in and cover for a few minutes. I finish under the broiler of my toaster oven.

                        1. I don't cook them. They remind me of my BF for some reason.