Omnivore - Mmmm, stewed cockscomb tastes like frog
Gastronomica reports on the delicious use of the rooster's flashy headgear
Who will be first? Holeman & Finch or Abattoir? The Utne Reader reports:
You know that funny little red thing on the top of a roosters head? Its called a cockscomb, and as Francine Segan recounts for Gastronomica, its very tasty:
What are these morsels that look like the fingers of a doll-sized woolen globe? . . . We take a taste. The spikes are slightly gelatinous, with hints of delicate frog-leg flavor. “Delicious” is the consensus.
Segan stumbles upon this rare ingredient on a trip to the Piedmont region of northern Italy, where cockscomb is a vital ingredient in a stew known as la finanziera, a 200-year-old dish that also utilizes a roosters wattles and testicles (among many other ingredients). The cockscomb seems to be the star of the show, though, which makes sense given the amount of work that goes into its preparation.
(Photo courtesy of the Silicon Valley Watcher.)