Friday, December 14, 2007

Frog Leg Friday

Well we finally got brave enough to try the frog legs. I guess I should say I got brave enough - because I'm sure the kids would have not had any problem crossing that gastronomical bridge. I did take a picture of the legs uncooked, but I thought the sight might be a bit much for some with tender stomachs. I've read that some people are turned off on the idea of frog legs b/c they look too much like their human counterparts - and they really did in their raw state.

I took the legs out of the freezer yesterday, to unthaw in the fridge. I knew I'd only have a day or two to get up the courage.

Most of the recipes I came across involved deep fat frying the frog legs - I wanted something that was not covered in a heavy batter and dripping in oil. So I found a recipe that was for baking the legs - I modified it a bit.

After baking for about 35 min the meat was falling off the bones ready. I grabbed the kids and three plates and we sat down to feast. Well not much feasting - as a pair of frog legs each would only be a feast if you were a small kitten. But it was enough to get a taste.

The meat was chewy. My first thought was not "this tastes just like chicken" because it didn't taste like chicken. To me it tasted like shredded canned crab - but less fishy. I felt like I had to chew for awhile - and the taste just before I swallowed also reminded me of a hint of tuna.

The coating and butter and some added salt gave it more flavor, as it didn't have much flavor on it's own.

The kid also liked it. My dd said, "It's hard to get the food out of the legs...a bit of fishy-ness...actually pretty good." My ds said, "Tastes like fish". After finishing her small feast, dd added, "I'd be willing to try frog heads, stomachs or arms." The boy added, "frogs do not have arms, only legs and feet."

I would be happy to try these again - only problem is I just have a bit uncomfortable feeling - all in the head of course...a bit hard to get over the fact that I ate a frog. Well his legs anyway.

Baked Frog Legs

2-4 pairs frog legs (I had 3 pair - just enough for a pair each)
2 T melted butter
1 c crushed soda crackers
1 c cornmeal
1 t poultry seasoning
dash of garlic salt
1/2 c milk

Mix together the dry ingredients and put in a plastic zip top bag. Dip the legs in the milk, then toss into the bag. Shake. (after doing this I noticed not much coating was on at all - so I repeated the dip and shake). Place on a foil covered pan - pour melted butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 min (I flipped them over after 15 min)


The Correspondent said...

I had to chuckle at this post because we watched The Muppet Movie this weekend. If you haven't already seen it, I recommend it ... just don't watch it on Frog Legs night! ;-)