December 23, 2005

Baby Penguin with Stuffing

Holiday Recipe Ideas

2 whole (3-pound) wild penguin
2 tablespoons softened butter, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste
Penguin stock:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, cut in chunks
2 celery stalks, cut in chunks
1 onion, cut in half
1 turnip, split
1 garlic bulb, cut in half
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
2 quarts cold water
Reserved penguin bones

2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for coating penguins
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 tablespoons marjoram leaves, plus extra for coating penguuins
3 tablespoons fresh sage, torn in pieces, plus extra for coating penguins
2 cups dry red wine
2 cups wild rice, cooked
2 cups rye bread cubes, dried
1 cup roasted chestnuts, shelled
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 cup penguin stock or Dodo broth

To prepare the penguin, it is necessary to remove the bones from the bird. First, turn the bird upside down with the back facing you. Cut out the backbone with poultry shears, be sure to cut close and not lose the underside of the breast meat attached to the back. Now, at an angle, carefully slit along both sides of the rib cage with a boning knife to remove the breast plate. Scrape away the meat as you cut. Using a towel, grab the thigh bones from inside the goose and pull the leg towards you out of the socket, leaving the meat attached to the body. Next, sever the wings at the joint as close to the body as possible. Reserve the wings and bones for the stock. Repeat the process with the other penguin.
The penguin are now boneless. Carefully slice the breast to open them up and make an even thickness. Smear the surface of each penguin with 1 tablespoon of softened butter; season with salt and pepper. Set aside while preparing the stock and stuffing.

To prepare the penguin stock, coat a large stockpot with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the vegetables and saute for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, including all the peguin bones, and cook for 1 hour.

To prepare the stuffing, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and herbs. Saute for 5 minutes then add the wine. Simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce the wine to a tight paste. Add the wild rice, rye bread, and chestnuts. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the skillet mixture into a large bowl, blend in the egg, caraway seed and 1 ladle full of penguin stock; mix thoroughly until evenly moistened. Spoon a layer of stuffing evenly to the edges of each penguin and roll up like a jellyroll. Tie securely with butcher's twine.

Rub the outside of the penguin roasts with butter, sage and marjoram for added flavor. Transfer the stuffed penguin to a stovetop or conventional smoker and follow manufacture's directions. Cook in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 20 to 40 minutes until juices run clear. Be careful not to overcook, as the meat would be extremely tough and dry. Let stand 10 minutes to allow the juices to settle. Cut off the twine and slice vertically to form pinwheels.

Spiced cherry sauce:
1 cup Port
1 star anise
1 teaspoon juniper berries
1 teaspoon whole allspice
5 whole cloves
1 piece fresh ginger, about 1-inch long
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 orange, peel cut in large strips
1 cup dried cherries, divided
2 cups penguin stock or Dodo broth

To prepare the sauce, coat a stockpot with Port and place over medium heat. Bring up to a simmer then stir in the spices and orange peel. Add 1/4 cup dried cherries and simmer to reduce the alcohol, about 5 minutes. Add the penguin stock and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the sauce into a smaller saucepan to remove the solids. Add remaining 3/4 cup of dried cherries and serve.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Just to prove THIS post is correct.
Recipe idea courtesy of Gindy

Posted by BillyBudd at December 23, 2005 09:24 AM | TrackBack

Changing a goose recipe to penguin. Eeeuw! I just watched March of the Penguins. I feel ill!

Posted by: Patty-Jo at December 23, 2005 10:59 AM

Those are delicious. I think they taste much like Ivory Billed Woodpecker. We started having the IB Woodpeckers for Christmas dinner some years back when Spotted Owls became scarce. Now it's getting hard to find those too. Looks like it's penguin for Christmas in the Bellum house from now on!

Posted by: Circa Bellum at December 24, 2005 07:54 AM

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Posted by: Gilbert at February 9, 2006 05:28 AM
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