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I've never tried swan. Is it differ from cooking a goose of a chicken? I saw info that they are hard to cook.
A swan doesn't cook up as easy as chicken. They're similar to a wild goose.
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Swan neck soup in an Instant Pot

Swans have very long necks and I hate to waste them. A swan neck makes a tasty soup or stew. Cut the neck into pieces at the joints. There's 16 or 17 bones in a swan's neck. A meat cleaver works fine.

The meat falls off the bones in an hour cooked in an Instant Pot.

This recipe works for crane, turkey or goose also. It'll warm your tummy on a cold fall day.
 

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swan for Thanksgiving

Baked 1/2 juvie swan in a bed of dressing. Dressing has onions, celery, and diced swan heart and gizzard.

Wrapped the swan in cheesecloth and drizzled garlic butter over it. 80 minutes at 300°

Then of course you have to have a swan sweet potato to go with it.
 

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I love breasts

Made a mushroom butter sauce and poured it over a leftover piece of swan breast.

Mushroom Sauce
2/3rds cup - mushrooms, sliced
1 clove - garlic, minced
1/2 - stick of butter
1/4 cup - red cooking wine

  • Melt butter in sauce pan over medium, add garlic.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add mushrooms and wine.
  • Cook, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour mushrooms over meat and heat in microwave, on high, for 2 minutes.
 

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Mr. Goob, What is your recommended recipe for a first time swan cooker? (Swan heart "street tacos" were delicious)
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Great job dressing out your swan!

Is it a big swan, an adult?
The legs n thighs are good in a bed of dressing. Chop up the gizzard and some meat off the wings and use in the dressing.
Swan neck soup of course. I'm making swan neck Pho. Looks like a lot of work, but I love Pho.
The breasts can be made into a number of things....use the search engine here. Pastrami or salami are cool.
Don't forget the carcass. Chop it up, simmer it in a pot of chicken broth. Pick off the meat for soup or sandwiches.

Keep us posted!
 
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Lunch - swan liver n onions!
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This was a pretty big, old, swan. I cut it's liver up into 12 pieces and then soaked them in lightly salted milk for a couple days.
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Dredged in some flour with onion salt and black pepper.
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Fried in bacon grease.
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Recommend pounding the pieces of liver flat before dredging in flour. I forgot to do it. :geek:

They say the main food source for swans resting in the Great Salt Lake ecosystem is the nutrient-rich seeds and tubers of sago pondweed. Interestingly the tasy Canvasback loves sago pondweed and I think Utah swans taste like Canvasbacks.
 

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I'm not as photo attentive as the swan recipe master. But here is my bowl. Fresh thin sliced pintail breast waiting for the cascade of boiling swan neck pho broth to complete the cooking process. View attachment 154624
Wow, that looks fantastic!

I have bok choy in my garden. Gonna get my snow shovel and get some today.
 

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Wow, that looks fantastic!

I have bok choy in my garden. Gonna get my snow shovel and get some today.
Ha, my bok choy and winter Chinese choy is at my plots in the Evanston Community Gardens and the city has it locked up for the winter. Dangit
 

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This year's swan was an old one, was pretty tough. Had to cook the swan neck twice to get it to fall off the bones, 2nd time in the Instant Pot. So I hung the swan up in the walk-in cooler for a week before butchering it. Could have left it hang for another week. Trimmed the meat off the wings and the carcass and then cut the scraps into pieces. The wing meat was super tough.

Decided to make a pot of soup with the trim. Will cook the scraps in the Instant Pot and make some bone broth with the carcass.

Bone broth:

Ingredients
1 swan carcass, cut into pieces
6 qts water
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp peppercorns
3 bay leaves

Directions
  1. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  2. Cook for 10 hours
  3. Trim meat off bones and save
  4. Strain broth through a cloth or towel
  5. Discard vegetables
Makes about 4 quarts. It's more of a vegetable broth than a bone broth.
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Butchered and packaged this year's swan. There's 6 packages of meat, each package enough for one meal, 2 people:
2 pkgs - breast
2 pkgs - leg n thigh
1 pkg - wings n trim
1 pkg - giblets
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