Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Cuisses de grenouille à la crème

I had family staying last week, and the kiddies were desperate to try some frogs legs French style! I'd never plucked up the courage to make them before, and had only eaten them once at friends... so it was a great opportunity for me to have a go at last!


Two packs of frozen frogs legs
Milk and water to cover
Half a pack of butter (125 g)
Whole head of garlic, crushed
Bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
Large tub of creme fraiche

Leave the frogs legs to defrost in a mixture of milk and water for a few hours at room temperature. Drain, then pat dry with kitchen paper, and coat with flour. I'm pretty squeamish so it was kind of freaky - everyone kept telling me they looked like little fairy legs and so I had to put on latex gloves to be able deal with it haha

Melt some of the butter in a frying pan, and fry the frogs legs in batches 'til golden on each side, flipping half way, and placing them in a warm earthenware dish. Keep adding butter as necessary, until all the frogs legs are done.

Drain the cooking fat, and deglaze the frying pan with a glug of Madeira.

Add the crushed garlic and creme fraiche, stir well, and allow to bubble and reduce. Then add the chopped parsley, stir thoroughly, pour over the frogs legs and heat in the oven for a few minutes.

They turned out really good, and the kiddies loved them especially, and piled their plates high!

It's quite labour-intensive, but really nice for a special treat!

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