It’s Frog Leg Time

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A few weeks ago, I found a special on a package of frozen frog legs at our local grocery store.  As you may know by now, I am constantly on the hunt for new kinds of meats to cook or strange looking vegetables and fruits to try. The “try new things” concept almost got me in deep water when I brought up the subject of cooking frog legs to a friend of mine.

Look at that price!!!  Seem like a frugal choice, right?

Look at that price!!! Seem like a frugal choice, right?

I said something like, “Oh yeah, I should try frog legs next . . .  ha ha.  But, I would only try cooking them if someone else helped me with the cooking part.” That, my fellow blog readers, was the beginning of the end of my resolve to NOT ever cook these strange looking drumsticks. Not only did she agree to help me cook them, we made it an evening event with extra food (just in case!) and fun for our families.

Here is a picture of them defrosting.  I almost chickened out of trying them as I took this picture!

Here is a picture of them defrosting. I almost chickened out of trying them as I took this picture!

Frog legs are actually not very hard to cook. First, I defrosted them before we started. We mixed some of my favorite seasoning (DEEP PIT NO SALT ADDED SEASONING) into a bowl with about a cup of flour. Then, we put a cup of milk into another bowl. We recommend cutting the frog legs in half, although we did not do this, to make two drumsticks instead of leaving them combined.

Ingredients:

5 sets of frog legs
one cup millk (or buttermilk was suggested by a reader on Facebook)
one cup flour
3 Tablespoons of your favorite seasoning (or more depending on taste)
deep fat fryer with oil

Our final step involved three parts: dip the legs in milk, cover them with the flour mixture, then place them (carefully) into a deep fat fryer with tongs. When they turn crispy and brown on the outside and are floating at the top of the oil, you will want to check the meat to see if it is done. It should look white like chicken meat and pull away easily from the bone when you tug at it with a fork. It took us about five minutes per each set of frog legs.

They really just look like fried chicken... but don't be fooled!

They really just look like fried chicken… but don’t be fooled!

So, how does it taste? According to my husband, it tasted a little bit like chicken with pond water thrown in. ;) In my opinion, it tasted a bit more like fish than chicken. And in our little group of friends, three out of four of us really enjoyed it and would probably have it again.

Can you guess who wouldn’t try it again? Yup, that’s right, it was me.  I can officially say I have tried frog legs. And now, on to the next dish . . .

 

Have you ever eaten frog legs? Would you be willing to try it even once? What is the oddest meat you have tried to cook or eat? Did you like it? 

For more information:  THE HISTORY OF FROG LEGS AS CUISINE

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  1. I have tried frog legs. They are (or were, in the mid-90s) served as a snack item in European bars. I found the taste was OK, but not worth it for how little meat you got after expending all the effort to get it off the bone.

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