ROUND UP THE LONGHORNS
Cattle ranching 1800’s. Cattle herds were gathered together every spring and fall to be branded and relieved of their man hood (castrated after having a number burned in their rump). The Texas Longhorns were rangy, meaner than a snake and their 10 foot horn spread could kill you in a second.
Castrating bull calves helped tame the animal and developed heaver muscling for market after grazing on the lush green plains. After a few months of grazing and putting on 4 or 5 hundred pounds they will be sent to market for processing.
After a couple days of wrangling these mainly wild animals it is time to have a rodeo and a little relaxation. Bar B Q, beer, dancing after the rodeo. A cowboys favorite food and today a popular delicacy is the Mountain Oyster, Calf Fries, Swinging Beef, Cowboy Caviar. This traditional food was served fresh after each round up by the rancher wives or the chuck wagon cook. Right along with one of the calves that were picked out for the Bar B Q. The traditional pinto beans, potatoes, and corn on the cob came right along with home made fresh baked bread and an assortment of pies and cakes. The outdoor Cowboy feast fit for king.
Here is a wonderful recipe for Calf Fries(Cowboy Caviar). Try this recipe out with some of your friends and family. Goes especially well with that family Bar B Q, or goes great with the out door turkey fryer. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree, Calf Fries are very versatile and will compliment almost any meal.
Check this link out for your out door turkey fryer. Great also for any steaming like a Louisiana Craw fish Boil. OUTDOOR TURKEY FRYER
A SIMPLE RECIPE FOR OUR FAVORITE COWBOY CAVIAR
Very simple recipe, but you’ll love it: Dip your frozen Cal fries in hot water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Pat um dry and trim the excess outer membrane. Now take these babies and cut um into bite size chunks. Pat um dry again and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dredge, or drag, in Cornmeal and press um down a little so the Cornmeal sticks and leave um alone for a few minutes before cooking. I let these guys stand a while so the coating will set good and the Cornmeal won’t flake off when you start to fry um up. Now you want to get out your heavy cast iron deep chicken frying skillet. Melt down 1/2 or so of Shortening. Now for those of you not quite old enough to know. Shortening is FAT. The best frying oil there is. NO PEANUT OIL, NO SO-CALLED BETTER FOR YOU SAYS BIG BROTHER VEGETABLE OIL. This is PURE, WHOLESOME, GOOD FOR YOU FAT, animal fat. Best for cakes pies and frying, ask any baker or gourmet cook or chef. Any way melt down some Shortening and get ready to fry. Fry um until they are brown but not over cooked, pull um out drain and pat dry. Hey guys mix these up with a batch of fresh from the yard scrambled eggs and have a feast.
CALF FRIES TO CAVIAR
“True Confessions Of Two Texas Cooks”
This cook book is written by Janel Franklin & Sue Vaughn. Written and Home Grown right here in my great state of TEXAS, WOW, what a treat. LAMESA should be proud.
I am a Texas licensed Auctioneer and picked this cook book up at an auction one day and fell in love with it. The book I have is printed in it’s third printing in 1986, but it is still in print and you can pick it up right here from Amazon. Click on this link here and it will take you right to it. TEXAS COWBOY COOKING
Calf Fries to Caviar is a collection of recipes ranging from “down home” to “elegant gourmet” cooking.
Listen to some of these recipes:
FRIED WILD TURKEY
CAVIAR N’ PUMPERNICKEL
GERMAN DROP DOUGHNUTS
TOM’S BACHELOR PARTY SPAGHETTI SAUCE
Just to name a few.
I don’t know how many recipes there are, but there are 280 pages of um, WOW, sounds like these girls did a lot of cooking.
I love old recipes and especially Texas recipes.
I have done a little research, not much, but a little about Sam Houston and what kind of food he and his men would eat out on their campaigns in 1836. Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and the Alamo. Really interesting reading. Mainly corn dodgers, honey bee hives when they could find them, game they could hunt and corn they got from the Indians. Sometimes beef, and occasionally shot their horses when they got desperate. Not very interesting eating out in the field.
These cook books are not expensive. The price range for most of these books is between 10 and 25 dollars. Hey they got Kindle books you can load as well. Follow the link for some great prices and sales.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in old time Texas recipes. These girls have put a lot of thought and planning into the recipes. They give simple step by step instructions on how even a beginner can lay out an elegant gourmet dinner. Quick cooking and cooking ahead treats and time saving meals to help a busy mom put together a large meal for family and guests on those special occasions.
Calf Fries to Caviar is truly a collection of down home Texas cooking at it’s best.
OK. Gotta run. Check out these books and let me know what you think. Let me know what you think of my blog as well.
Thanks a lot and enjoy……………Frank