Scoters are trash ducks? Naw. No way....

Discussion in 'Cooking Forum' started by Fish Head, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Fish Head

    Fish Head Refuge Member

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    As my gf said, sometimes (emphasis on sometimes) it's good I don't listen well to others. Shot up some scoters this past weekend and the guide told me they were trash ducks - "take a picture & throw them away". Well, I elected to keep them and I'm so glad I did. I did soak the meat in fresh water for 24 hours prior to cooking.
    The first bite was an appetizer - "Scoter filet".
    I swear it's the best thing I've had to eat in a while. Maybe the best duck I've tasted in years. There was no hint of stinky seafood, game taste or that common liver taste (which I like by the way). It was just melt in your mouth delicious. I sprinkled a little bit of Sylvia's Chicken Rub on the filets and then into the pan for 4-5 minutes each side. Cooked rare/med rare...
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    On to the main course....

    Been reading how deer hunters like to cook their backstraps and I used a common recipe I've seen. I butterflied the filets and then put cream cheese with jalapenos in the middle, wrapped up in bacon and cooked in the cast iron pan. My dad really liked this dish. I love the taste of duck and the cream cheese & bacon sort of covered the duck taste I like. But this is a great way to cook duck for those that haven't tried it &/or are leary about eating it.
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    & YOU CAN'T have a complete duck dinner withOUT duck hearts & onions ( and livers & Mushrooms for this meal). Next time I'll do something different with the liver...

    I swear duck hearts are the best thing out there fellas. TRY THEM!!
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    & the final product with a fresh garden salad (not pictured)
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  2. molliesmaster

    molliesmaster Senior Refuge Member

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    That looks delicious! After seeing several articles and posts about duck hearts, I can assure you they will be on the menu in my house this year. Now if the damn season will just open up so I can go get them.


    Oh and I do enjoy scoters too. I don't know what other people do to mess them up.
     
  3. Coho

    Coho Moderator Emeritus Moderator

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    Scoters always taste/smell like old clams to me. I wonder if there is regional variation in taste? Or maybe after learning the rotten clam smell in my youth makes me reject their flavor? Conditioned response thing.
     

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