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  • Wild boar

    This is a rib roast of wild boar. Done in a slow oven for 3 hours, marinated as necessary and eaten with oven roasted potatoes and redcurrant jelly sauce...................awesome!

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    Yum....Hard to get wild boar in the US!
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    • #3
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      Hi Drake...........Turkey being a muslim country it is impossible to get domestic pork, except for some average bacon and sausage imported or the occasional red-cross parcel brought in from UK by friends. We do, however, have lots of wild boar on the mountains around us and almost no-one to eat it when they are shot. I get telephone calls on a regular basis to go and collect one. I was under the impression there are lots of 'hog' in Texas and surrounding states.



      • #4
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        Yes, there are plenty of wild boar in Texas. More that can be killed. I don't know if it is that the breed is different or our tastes are different, but only young ones are considered edible here. Most of the wild hogs here are either Russian or Ferrel. They say an old one is down right rancid, which is a scary thought as I must say I didn't care for the younger one I ate.
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        • #5
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          The boar here are Anatolian. They are generally only hunted for sport not food and big tusk boar are taken as specimens on licensed hunts. The roast in the picture was taken from a 65 kg female which I dressed and butchered. Most boar that is shot are not very accomodating as to where they die and are often too large to retrieve whole because of the distance from transport and the terrain. I have had boar legs brought that have come from 100kg animals and it seems that is the cut hunters think we want. The best parts, in my opinion, are left on the mountain. I will only participate in a hunt where the boar is taken for food.


          • #6
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            Of course boar is a big thing in Tuscany, and also in Provence. We've had a number of encounters with wild boar while driving country roads late in the evening. Once a family of three jogged right past the car as we were just leaving a friend's home after dinner; and we could occasionally hear them snuffling around outside our house in Impruneta. Hunting is a big deal, and you jeeps and guys with guns during the season, and the occasional unlucky boar tied to the top of a jeep. I'm not a hunter, so that doesn't work for me.

            Boar is also farmed in Tuscany -- and depending on the restaurant, they either will (or won't) tell you where your cinghiale is wild. Pappardelle Cinghiale is a big regional specialty.

            Of course in the old days, the boar had a good shot at killing the hunter -- so it was a little more fair. :-)

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            • #7
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              If my memory serves, taste of the wild meat is depandant on what the diet of the animal is/was. GIGO.

              The one and only wild one I ate was on a diet of garden veggies and acorns from the woods. He got too frisky in the veggie garden was how it wound up on the BBQ. It was a meal to remember though.
              The real art of conversation is not only to say the correct thing at the right time, but also to leave
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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Inishta View Post
                This is a rib roast of wild boar. Done in a slow oven for 3 hours, marinated as necessary and eaten with oven roasted potatoes and redcurrant jelly sauce...................awesome!
                Very nice indeed! i love cooking wild boar, i prefer the ones from the mountains as they eat the roots and other greens which make them nice and healthy.

                Wild meat is always better than domestic as its leaner and sweeter.


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                  The boar you describe almost sounds like an animal we have living in the hills of Australia. It's called the Wombat.

                  The Wombat - eats, roots, and leaves.

                  Oh' to be a wombat.



                  • #10
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                    I heard something similar - eats, roots, shoots and leaves! I think it would be lost on our US friends though! I mean, they even root for their favourite sporting team! P.


                    • #11
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                      Okay, had to chime in. My son and his grandpa finished off a couple of California boar last summer and we ended up with a half freezer full of meat. Take the backstrap, loin or tenderloin and use the following recipe. Be sure to let it cook all afternoon. It is especially good the day after making - in any case, serve with lots of fresh oven baked Italian bread and a hearty Chianti or Brunello. Saluti!

                      Pappardelle with wild boar sauce Arezzo-style
                      Recipe by Valentina Harris
                      SERVES 4
                      Preparation 10 minutes
                      Cooking 4 hours 30 minutes

                      1 onion, peeled and chopped
                      1 carrot, scraped and chopped
                      1 stick celery, chopped
                      100g chopped prosciutto crudo
                      4 tbsp olive oil
                      450g wild-boar stewing steak, cubed
                      1 large tumbler of full-bodied red wine
                      sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
                      5 tbsp tomato purée, diluted in about 6 tbsp hot game
                      or beef stock
                      300g canned tomatoes, sieved
                      large pinch fennel seeds
                      small pinch cumin
                      400g pappardelle
                      grated Parmesan to serve (optional)

                      Fry the vegetables gently with the prosciutto and the olive oil until the onion is transparent, then add the meat. Seal on all sides until browned, then pour over the wine, add seasoning, cover and simmer for about 3½ hours, or until the meat is completely tender. During this time, gradually add the tomato purée and canned tomatoes. Once the meat is falling apart, add the fennel seeds, the cumin and stir thoroughly. Simmer for a further hour, covered. Check the seasoning.
                      Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil, add the pappardelle, stir and return to the boil. Drain the pasta when it is al dente, return it to the pot in which it was cooked and add the sauce. Mix it all together thoroughly and transfer to a serving platter or individual plates to serve.


                      • #12
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                        We're at it again. Second meal from the oven. This time we are having some friends over so a 6kg (13lb.) back leg from the same boar was the order of the day.

                        Picture one is the leg in its original state. Two is marinading for 48 hours (turned every 10). Three is the boar ready for the oven studded with garlic and cloves and raised on a bed of potatoes, carrots and onions.


                        • #13
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                          This is the biggest fire yet as the oven is still curing. I think next time we will be able to get to the "scary fire". Boar is put in after the flames have died down, door closed and five hours later was ready for the table.


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                            That is my kind of cooking! I love those roasts on the bone!

                            Great work!

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