Ostrich Roast

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  1. genemachine

    genemachine

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    Ok, so I have this 1.5 kg piece of ostrich slowly thawing in my fridge at the moment. I have worked with ostrich before, but only in the form of steaks. Now what? /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lookaround.gif

    I'd know what I'd do with a roastbeef of that size - but I fear that giving the ostrich the same treatment would dry it out due to the low fat content. Any suggestions? Marinate? Bard? Lard? Anything?

    Any tip on how to deal with that wee lil bird would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    GM.
     
  2. kippers

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    use the neck to make stock for the gravy.
     
  3. chefross

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    Most of my experience with ostrich has been with what is called "the oyster" a rather large saucer shaped roast. It is very lean and I cook it like flank steak and slice it medium rare on a bias.
     
  4. genemachine

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    Thanks, Chef! From the looks of it, that might just be the cut I have.

    I decided to make a salt-herb crust to roast it in, roughly along the lines of what Robuchon suggests for beef in "The complete Robuchon". Hope this will preserve some moisture. I'll update on how it came out later.
     
  5. petalsandcoco

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    GM: I would love to know what kind of sauce you choose to serve with that ?

    Petals.
     
  6. genemachine

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    Ok - time for the after action report /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif

    I did the roast in the herbed salt crust - it definitely needs less time and/or heat than a comparable piece of beef. Came out a bit too far on the well done side of things, due to the salt crust, however, it was still moist and nicely infused with the thyme and rosemary aromas. Next time, cooking time will be shortened.

    As for the sauce, I made a sauce burguignonne from the veal demi glace sitting in the fridge and some Medoc. Served with pommes macaire and sautéed green beans. 

    So far, so good. My ostrich skills need work - but then again, the producer is my girlfriend's sister, so I can get plenty of practice material straight from the farm. The pommes macaire where absolutely great, though. Seriously, anyone without a cookbook by Robuchon, get it, if alone for the potato recipes! Oh, and contrary to a lot of macaire recipes floating around in the net, do not cook the potatoes. Bake them in foil for at least an hour, scoop out the flesh, mix with butter and creme fraiche and bake patties of that dough in butter. 

    GM.
     
  7. thatchairlady

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    Using the neck for stock!?!  First thought was my grandmother ALWAYS used the turkey neck for stock at Thanksgiving.  Trying to picture the size of the pot that would accomodate an ostrich neck/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
     
  8. kippers

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    your gran was spot on, turkey neck make wonderful soup.In ww2 the fishmongers here sold whale meat, my gran had never seen a whale and asked him if she could have the head for the cats.