[Sca-cooks] Game for Your Feast bussard

Susanne Mayer susanne.mayer5 at chello.at
Sun Mar 6 11:50:55 PST 2011

Hello Stefan 

do you mean this bird? 

Grosstrappe (Otis tarda)

Great Bustard (no double ss but st!) and in german Trappe

The German page has pictures and thy DO resemble the Turkey a bit ;-), so yes it could be possible to "interchange" the "domestic turkey for a very hard to obtain wild bird with none the wiser.




> Stefan li Rous wrote

> Renaissance at least, since it is a New World bird. However, there is/was a large European bird known as a bussard, note the "ss" not "zz". that was eaten. It wasn't the American scavenger bird with the 'zz's.  This is one reason that the turkey was accepted fairly quickly since it was replacing something that the Europeans were already familiar with. 
> I think it is reasonable to serve a modern turkey if you cook it as they would have a bussard or other large bird. Some, swan?, might taste a bit different to do this for, though. But that may principally be the difference between a water fowl and a land bird.

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