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Calf's Feet Au Fritur. Recipe

History and Fun Facts:

Calf's feet dishes have been enjoyed for centuries and are steeped in culinary history. Calf's feet have been used in various cuisines around the world, including French, British, and American. In the 18th and 19th centuries, calf's feet were considered a delicacy and were often served to the aristocracy.

One popular calf's feet dish is Calf's Feet Au Fritur, which involves simmering the feet for several hours until the meat becomes tender and can easily be removed from the bone. The meat is then cut into handsome pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper, dipped in egg, coated with breadcrumbs, and fried to a fine even brown.

Recipe for Calf's Feet Au Fritur:

Ingredients:
- 2 calf's feet
- Water for simmering
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Grated bread crumbs for coating
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Sauce of your choice for serving (optional)

Instructions:
1. Begin by cleaning the calf's feet thoroughly. Remove any excess fat or skin.
2. Place the calf's feet in a large pot and add enough water to cover them completely.
3. Bring the water to a gentle simmer and cook the calf's feet for about four hours or until the meat can be easily taken off the bone. This slow cooking process will ensure that the meat becomes tender and delicious.
4. Once the meat is tender, remove the calf's feet from the pot and allow them to cool slightly.
5. Cut the meat into handsome pieces, making sure to leave the bones intact.
6. Season the meat with salt and pepper, ensuring that each piece is well coated.
7. Dip each piece of meat into the beaten eggs, making sure it is fully coated.
8. Sprinkle the grated bread crumbs thickly over each piece, ensuring they are evenly coated.
9. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
10. Carefully place each piece of coated calf's feet into the hot oil and fry until they become a fine even brown on all sides. This process may take a few minutes per side.
11. Once the calf's feet are cooked to a golden brown, remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
12. The calf's feet can be served dry or with a sauce of your choice. Some options for sauces include tomato-based sauces, mushroom sauce, or a creamy mustard sauce.
13. Garnish the dish with parsley if desired and serve immediately.

Similar Recipe Dishes:

If you enjoyed calf's feet au fritur, you might also enjoy trying these similar recipe dishes:

1. Calf's Foot Jelly: This dish utilizes the simmering liquid from the calf's feet to create a flavorful and gelatinous jelly. The liquid is strained and combined with gelatin, then chilled until set. It is served cold as a savory jelly to accompany cold meats or aspic dishes.

2. Calf's Feet Stewed for Invalids: This variation is specifically designed for those who are ill or in need of a gentle and easily digestible meal. The calf's feet are simmered until tender, then cut into pieces without removing the bone. They continue stewing for several hours until they become perfectly soft. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and optional saffron or parsley, this dish can be served with a delicate egg sauce and garnished with sippets of toast or boiled rice.

3. Braised Calf's Feet with Vegetables: This dish involves braising the calf's feet with a variety of vegetables such as carrots, onions, and celery. The meat is slow-cooked until it is tender and flavorful. The resulting dish is a comforting and hearty one-pot meal.

4. Calf's Feet Soup: In this recipe, the calf's feet are boiled together with various vegetables, herbs, and seasonings to create a flavorful and nourishing soup. The cooked meat is shredded and added back to the soup, making it a comforting and hearty dish.

These dishes showcase the versatility of calf's feet and how they can be used to create a variety of delicious and satisfying meals. Whether you prefer fried, stewed, or braised calf's feet, there is a recipe to suit every taste and occasion.

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