What's your favorite Bird to cook &/or eat?
- ShowUsYourRack Jan 2, 2014 12:52 AM
There are many tasty Birds out there to eat including Turkey, Pheasant, Duck, Chicken, Etc… What is your preference of Bird overall & how do you prepare it?
I enjoyed your reply. So many directions to go with chicken.
Duck, that was our New Years Day treat. Love it, love it roasted, love it confit, love it med rare boneless breast, but it is a rare treat.
Quail's tiny little bones give me the shivers.
Cornish Game Hen? The big marketing lie. It may be worse then renaming the patagonia tooth fish a chillean sea bass.
Turkey? Got to love some good turkey meat. Turkey burgers, turkey meatballs, turkey leg, turkey jerky, smoked turkey hash, smoked turkey stuffed mushrooms.....
My all time favorite has to be wild goose very slow roasted in a wood burning oven 'like Mother used to make'. Then any other wild bird except maybe pheasant. Too dry and adding strips of bacon doesn't make the actual bird juicy.
Just slow roasted a domestic duck for Christmas dinner and made a 'sort-of' casolette which was very tasty.
My favorite fowl is Ruffed Grouse. We breast the birds in the field by standing on the wings and pulling the legs up to separate the spine and legs from the wings and breast.
Next we remove the breast meat and butterfly.
Finally they are dredged in flour, then egg, and bread crumbs to be gently pan fried in butter.
Only some salt and pepper in the flour.
A treat for royalty!!!
We do the same thing with grouse. It's surprising how much meat is on those birds. We do keep the legs and of course 'she who must be obeyed' collects some of the wing feathers for some 'project in the future'.
Re Pheasant. It is a very non-fatty bird to begin with so over cooking it is easy to do. IMO there has always been a slight bitter flavor to the meat. I don't have pheasant often now but we used to be able to harvest them whenever we wanted and each time my other family members and I noticed the bitterness. Not off-putting but there. We put it down to what
they were eating.
I've never had a 'farm raised' pheasant though.