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Here's one of Montana's favorite Easy Family Recipes - Rocky Mountain Oysters.
Rocky Mountain oysters, also known as prairie oysters, cowboy caviar, and swinging beef, are not really oysters at all. You WISH they were oysters. They are actually calves’ testicles.
You see, when calves are branded, the testicles are cut off and thrown into a bucket of water. They are then peeled, washed, rolled in flour and pepper, and fried in a pan.
They are considered to be quite a delicacy. When properly seasoned and breaded, Rocky Mountain oysters have a slightly liver-like flavor, with a chewy texture similar to chicken gizzards. They are said to be equally delicious (or equally not) whether sliced thin or marinated whole.
You have to be somewhat marinated yourself to try these, but Montana restaurants serve them all year round, and Testicle Festivals are popular throughout the state. Understandably, so is alcohol.
Festival activities include chugging beer, starting fist fights, and buying cheesy souvenirs with catchy slogans like, "I Had a Ball at the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fest."
ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS
6 Rocky Mountain Oysters, washed and peeled.
1/4 cup of flour
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup of bread crumbs
Ketchup or Cocktail sauce (optional)
1. Roll each piece of meat in a thin coating of flour, salt and pepper.
2. Dip each piece in the beaten egg and coat thoroughly.
3. Hold each piece over the egg dish so the excess egg drips off the meat.
4. Bury the meat in bread crumbs and press down gently.
5. Place each piece of meat in the hot oil, and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
6. Remove the meat from the oil with tongs and place on clean paper towels to soak up excess oil.
7. Serve with ketchup or cocktail sauce.
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