A Little Bit of Mountain Oyster Cowboy Cuisine

Do you have a clue of what I’m referring to???  Well, if you don’t, let me just tell you exactly what it is.  CALF NUTS,  CALF FRIES, or even BULL BALLS!   Oh yeah, I bet you’re licking your lips right now ain’t ya?!  LOL.

Believe it or not, this is a cowboy favoriteJ  Not mine mind you,  but definitely a favorite among the fellas.  During the cowboy works,  the lil’ bulls get gathered to have their manhood taken away from them.  It sounds sad to some but we can’t have a million bulls running around trying to breed a handful of cows;) 

Anyways, these mountain oysters are usually “chicken fried” but today they are getting grilled.  When you chicken fry them, you normally peel off the outer skin layer to cook them but not when you cook them on the grill. 

All your gonna need for this Cowboy Cuisine is a little salt & pepper, calf nuts, and a grill.  After you’ve cleaned them up,  leaving the thin outer skin layer in-tact, you simply throw them on the fire, season them to your taste buds, and wait for them to pop (or split open;).

When you eat them, you only eat the inside, throwin’ the skin away.  Doesn’t sound very ladylike I know but I did say it was a favorite among the fellas;) 

So here they are, fresh calf nuts on the grill with a little salt & pepper.

 

Here they are plumping up on the verge of popping and being done.

 

And VIOLA!  Done and ready to eat.

 

 

 

 

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  1. 1


    corrin says

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen so many nuts at once.

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    Jenn says

    I can say ,if I never see those again that would be ok with me. I don’t know how people can eat them just looking at them anywhere near food ,grills,dishes makes me feel …yuck!

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    Jenn says

    I just figured out what the cooked ones remind me of…June Bugs….well dead ones yuck!

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    ciara says

    uh, yuck. those who eat that should be grateful no one’s rounding them up to eat theirs lol

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    i have never been so glad not to be a cowboy.

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    Allie says

    wow. i think i just threw up in my mouth a little bit. well, everyone has their own preference! i’m sure it is a delicacy to some! meanwhile, I will sit back and eat my french fries :)

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    Wendy says

    I think I’ll pass on this one! lol I’m not quite that adventerous!

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    Smellyann says

    Oh my God, I am so glad I am a vegetarian right now!

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    Brandy says

    I think I’ll pass on this recipe. Thank you though. :)

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    Fotobuch says

    Yummy!! I am sure it will taste better then it looks.I think its amazing.

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    Cmanlong says

    I went to a vegan diet in January of this year…but I have had these in the past. I’ve had them battered and fried and on the grill and they aren’t bad at all. Taste like chicken ;)…not really…

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    Sunshine says

    Wow….what a thing to wake up to in the morning. I had to check twice to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. Now that I have no appetite for breakfast, I guess I’ll just get to work : )

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  13. 13

    I’ve had them. I got them free from the waiter because I really thought he was pulling my leg when he told me what they were. They were deep-fried and yummy!

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  14. 14

    Never saw a recipe for these before, heh!

    Many years ago when I was a kid, I already had a reputation for being willing to eat anything (once). An older male cousin said, “I bet you’d even eat Rocky Mountain oysters.” I said, “What’s that?” When he explained, I just said, “Why not?” He was very crestfallen at that response!

    I’ve actually still never had them, but yep, I’d try’em. :-)

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    I have to pass on these…lol. Y’all can have my share or these any day of the week, and twice on Sunday!!

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    laren says

    when i was young, it was my job to take the red Gandy’s ice cream bucket around the pens and pick up those lovely calf nuts. then, my grandmother would cook them…and yes, i ate them, never really thinking about origins. thanks for inspiring the memories.

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    bella says

    Serious?
    I never heard of such a thing. Wow. I am shocked. Utterly disgusted…ewww, I could see the veins.
    Honestly, I had to take several looks to make sure this was really calf nuts or beans…

    I think I will imagine beans, that makes my stomach feel a bit better.

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    Casie says

    Definitely a picture there! I’ve fixed these fried with a batter before but never in the um, nude!

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    Maria says

    Oh lord!

    Yeah, I love me some nuts but I think I will get the salted kind that come in a can.

    But love your presentation.

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    gail says

    It looks good. These are really fresh ones, they probably have a better flavor than the store bought ones in the package. Can you boil them? If so I would try boiling them in BBQ sauce and onions for a very long time. Or would this be ovekill for the poor testicle?
    This will be my first time tring them. I did see my grandfather who was a ranch hand fry up a pair of hog nuts in a skillet as a child. He seemed to have enjoyed it besause I didn’t see him share it with anyone else in the family.
    -Grilled beef nuts! Looks like smoked sausage to me, yum.

  21. 21

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  22. 22


    Dani says

    Waste not want not people. Meat is meat. Why is it more revolting to eat a testicle than a rib or leg or any other part of a dead animal? I don’t understand.

    Clearly I’d eat it happily.

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    chefdaniel says

    That looks like some fine eatin’. All that’s missing are a few bottles of Tabasco and a beer or four.

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    ERIC says

    WELL…I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THESE ARE A SOUTH TEXAS CAMP FIRE MEAL. I HAVE WORKED ON MANY RANCHES, AND HAVE CUT ALOT OF NUTTS IS MY DAY. THE FRESHER THE BETTER! YOU CAN “Q”‘EM, FRY’EM, AND EVEN DIP’EM. MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS FRIED, WITH A CORN TORTILLA AND SOME PICO DE GALLO…YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR MISSING. DONT KNOCK IT TILL YA TRY IT…COWBOY UP!!!

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    Kaira says

    When I googled “What are fried calf nuts”, I was really hoping this was NOT what I would find. Oh. My. Word. Logically speaking, I can imagine they taste good because most fried things do but… ewwwww! Really? I couldn’t try it. I hope I’m never so hungry that I’m looking for testicles to eat.

    p.s. the veins make the photo even creepier to this city girl :P

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      Juanita Thomas says

      One of my favorite foods! I much prefer the small ones to the large! All the above ways are good to cook them. Hot biscuits and gravy with Mountain Oysters make a wonderful breakfast.

      There is a restaurant her in Nebraska that serves them, but they are not nearly as good as fresh out of the branding pen! When I can get them, I keep them in the freezer for my feast alone. My family is not fond of them like my siblings and I were!

      I much prefer these over lobster or rattlenake!

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      Juanita Thomas says

      One of my favorite foods! I much prefer the small ones to the large! All the above ways are good to cook them. Hot biscuits and gravy with Mountain Oysters make a wonderful breakfast.

      There is a restaurant here in Nebraska that serves them, but they are not nearly as good as fresh out of the branding pen! When I can get them, I keep them in the freezer for my feast alone. My family is not fond of them like my siblings and I were!

      I much prefer these over lobster or rattlenake!

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    evie martin says

    We served them in our restaurant in Mt. View, Colorado—-They are excellent & were a huge seller!!!!