Anyone got any good Pukeko recipes?

(Photo by Lee Taylor)

(Photo by Lee Taylor)

Andrew Sullivan blogged about a new roadkill law in Montana allowing people to take home roadkill which was previously illegal.

In the post he used a picture of a Pukeko, which don’t live in Montana. A mate of mine emailed Andrew and pointed out a few facts about Pukeko, he updated the post with my mates comments. 

Update from a New Zealand reader, who identifies the above bird and offers advice on eating roadkill:

The bird in your post a Pukeko, a prolific New Zealand waterfowl species that gets run over often. It does not get run over in Montana though.

Roadkill is ok to eat, but it depends on where it is hit. Rabbits and hares that get run over by a wheel are too badly bruised, but those that stick their heads up and get hit by the underside of the grill are fine. Birds can be good, but preferably if they come off the windscreen obliquely, rather than getting hit by the grill. Pheasants usually hit the windscreen and are not too badly damaged.

Pukeko is not regarded as a table bird in New Zealand, as it has suffered from the adage boil it with a rock and throw the pukeko out and eat the rock. It is ok to eat but you don’t get much meat, and it is tough if it is not allowed to settle in a fridge for about two weeks to allow the proteins to break down.

Pukeko is disgusting…does anyone have any decent pukeko recipes? Or eaten pukeko that they have enjoyed.


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