Also called ‘calf fries’, ‘prairie oysters’,etc., this novelty cowboy fare is popular in parts of the AmericanWest and Western Canada where cattle ranching is prevalent.
Recipe: Rocky Mountain Oysters
2 pounds bull testicles*1/2 cup granulated sugar3/4 cup kosher salt8 cups cold waterMilk1 heaping tablespoon white vinegarSalt and ground black pepper to taste
With a very sharp knife, split the toughskin-like muscle that surrounds each “oyster.” Removethe skin.
In a large bowl or pot, dissolve 1/2 cupsugar and 3/4 cup kosher salt in 8 cups cold of water (watershould cover the “oysters); add the oysters; cover and letset for 1 hour. Drain and rinse under cool water. Place “oysters”back into the bowl or pot (which has been rinsed clean) and pourenough milk over them to cover. Cover the bowl and let set foranother hour. Drain and rinse well under cool water. These twosteps help to draw the blood out. The milk-soak also helps todraw out the saltiness.
Transfer “oysters” to a largepot. Add the vinegar and enough cold water to cover “oysters”.Bring to a boil. Reduce heat immediately and simmer for about6 minutes. Drain again and plunge the cooked “oysters”into large bowl of ice water. Let stand until cool.
Slice each “oyster” into 1/4to 1/3-inch thick ovals. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on bothsides to taste.
Place the milk in a shallow bowl. Mixthe wine and hot sauce to taste in a shallow bowl. In anothershallow bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal and garlic powder totaste in a shallow bowl.
Dredge each “oyster” slice inthe flour mixture. Dip into milk, then into the flour mixture.Dip into the wine mixture quickly. (Repeat procedure if a thickercrust is desired).
Fry oysters in hot oil until golden onboth sides, being careful not to overcook the “oysters”,since the longer they cook the tougher they become. Serve hot.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmealGarlic powder to taste1 cup milk
1 cup dry red wineLouisiana hot sauce to taste
Peanut oil for frying
*Also known as calf fries and prairie oysters.Lamb or turkey testicles may be used also.
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