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Cave Creek's early cowboy settlers' loved oysters.

November 22, 2016

 

High Desert Oysters

 

Next to donuts, desert oysters, or less delicately stated, calf testicles, were a cowboy's most favorite food. In 1882, Oliver Nelson, the new cook for the T5 Ranch, was almost hanged because he threw out a half peck of "clippings." He thought the cowboys were playing a joke on him when they left them in his kitchen. The following is a recipe for the seafood lover:

 

As you castrate the calf, place the freshly severed testicles in a pot of cold salt water.Remove tough membrane and slice across the grain, into ¼ inch rounds. Rinse each piece several times under running water to remove blood.Heat oil to 375 degrees. Soak in buttermilk. Stir together flour black pepper and seasoning. Drop individual slices, a few at a time, in flour mixture and quickly coat and remove. Carefully place each piece into oil and fry a few at a time to keep them from clumping together. When the meat floats it is done.

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