Carnivore’s Delight

There is something slightly disconcerting about planning a dinner intended entirely to highlight different kinds of exotic meat such as wild boar, veal, pork, quail, rabbit sausages, lamb sausages and oysters. Separately they each would make a winning dish, but how would you put them all in one dinner without overwhelming the diners. Should there be a specific style of cuisine? What kind of supplementary ingredients would be suitable? This was the challenge Christo at Chez What? faced when offered a bounty of these meats from Marx Foods to sample. His solution was to invite a few bloggers to get together and cook.

And what a great idea it was! I was invited to join in this cooking and blogging fête along with Christy at balance, and Joanne at Eats Well With Others. We all have individual styles of cooking. We each picked the meat that would best represent our cooking approaches. Yet the result was a meal with dishes of diverse flavors and interesting techniques, and somehow managed to come together into a very stimulating and entertaining dinner.

I picked the veal, quail and oysters as my protein and designed dishes with Chinese flavors. The veal came in a beautiful chop and two large pieces of osso buco. I decided to make them in two different styles. The osso buco I braised with Chinese spices creating a red cooked style sauce, and the veal chop was simply grilled after marinating in a mixture of garlic, cilantro and olive oil. The quails I smoked with tea and spices then served with an orange and anise sauce.

The oysters, which included Pacific, Olympia and Kumamoto varieties, I served on the half shell with a sour plum sauce. A few of the dinner guests were initially rather apprehensive about eating the oysters. But the sweet and sour taste of the sauce was so appetizing that they decided the oysters were not as unpalatable as they imagined.

Marx Foods supplies gourmet meat, and other rare ingredients to the restaurant industry as well as consumers. Products can be purchased directly from their Web site. The meats we received were vacuum packed and shipped via Fedex, so they arrived fresh and ready for cooking. It was an excellent way to obtain exotic meats not commonly found in regular markets.

Along with the meat Marx Foods supplied us with a collection of dried wild mushrooms and dried chilies. So it was natural for us to incorporate many of these ingredients in our dishes. Christy put some pepper in the piecrust for dessert, and Chrsto used some of the aromatic mushrooms in the polenta. I added mushrooms to the consommé I made with conpoy and chicken stock. The mushrooms infused the consommé with an intensely earthy flavor that created a punch for the beginning of the meal. And there were many other dishes at our feast.

What started out as a way to sample a wide variety of exotic meat products, became an ultimate carnivore’s delight. So here is the complete meal.

Oyster Sampler with Sour Plum Lemon Sauce

Wild Mushrooms and Conpoy Consommé

Christo’s Kobe Beef Sliders with Roasted Orange Pepper and Roast Garlic Relish on Puff Pastry "Buns"

Joanne’s Rabbit Sausage and Broccoli Rabe over Polenta Rounds

Joanne’s Pheasant Sausage over Pumpkin Mascarpone Risotto

Christy’s Chipotle Pork Chop with Garlic Kale and Spicy Apple Sauce

Christo’s Wild Boar Chops and Wild Boar Tenderloin Marinated in Mulato and Ancho Chiles Served with Purple Mashed Potatoes and Yams

Grilled Veal Chop and Chinese Spice Braised Osso Buco

Christy’s Mustard and Chili Rubbed Rack of Lamb with Chimichurri

Tea Smoked Quail with Orange Anise Sauce

Joanne’s Lamb Merguez Sausage in Cinnamon-Scented Tomato Sauce over Homemade Semolina Linguine

Christy’s Miniature Strawberry Rhubarb Pies with Poblano Crust

Christo’s Three Layer Panna Cotta with Tahitian Vanilla, Chocolate and Mulato Chile and Blueberry with Coconut Whipped Cream

Christo’s Apple Banana Rice Pudding with Vanilla and Demera Sugar Caramel

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8 Comments

  1. Posted March 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    What magnificent dishes! I was reading Christo’s post and saw that you were participating. Your oysters and osso buco look incredible – I do wish I could have a taste of all of them!

  2. Posted March 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I loved your oysters, and I’m not particularly an oyster fan. What a great write up!

  3. Posted March 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    thanks again for your enthusiastic approach and exquisite results!

  4. Eric Havaby
    Posted March 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Exotic meat such as pork???

    You must live a very sheltered life if you think pork is exotic.

    • Posted March 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      Well Eric, it was Kurobuta pork! I think that’s exotic enough where pork is concern.

  5. Posted March 24, 2010 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    This is a great way to celebrate food, friends, and blogs! Love all the foods, especially the wild game dishes.

    Bon appetite!
    CCR
    =:~)

  6. Posted March 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh to be at that party, I could eat everything, no matter how it was prepared, and not feel overwhelmed or dissatisfied. Everything looks marvelous and I would love to try those oysters.

  7. Geoff
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Wow – my mouth is watering! I would have entered my dinner a couple nights ago – I mixed a steak diane recipe with Robuchon’s black pepper crusted venison steak recipe with my deer that is in the freezer. Wonderful pictures!

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