Eating bat meat, bat dishes, bat recipes fried in oil, grilled or skewered. Extreme cuisine.

Well, the fact remains. The hearts of most Euro-Americans are constrained by fear at the mention of bats. Perhaps the formation of such an attitude towards these creatures was somehow influenced by the appearance in 1994 of Tom Cruise in a film about vampires and a whole galaxy of actors in the role of Batman. 

Eating bat meat, bat dishes, bat recipes fried in oil, grilled or skewered. Extreme cuisine.

Part of the blame, of course, lies with the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker. However, no less on Anne Rye, from under whose pen came a whole series of best-selling vampire novels. It was in the film adaptation of the first of them, Interview with the Vampire, played by Tom Cruise.

nothing reminds of a rabbit, because the meat is given an indefinite appearance, only a person with a sick imagination can see a charming fairy-tale character in it. Bats often look like bats on a plate. Since the predominantly small representatives of bats enter the kitchen, they are cooked whole, most often frying over an open fire or in a frying pan. Serve them whole, along with wings, head and fragile bones. A characteristic crunch prevents a person from forgetting what he eats.

Of course, the skin can be removed from the animal, the head and wings are separated, the carcass is cut into cubes, as for soup or a stew, but then the meat will be so small that many bats will be needed for one portion of the stew. I want to warn the reader. When cooking most types of these animals, a not-so-pleasant smell comes from cooking. You can neutralize it by adding chili peppers, onions, garlic, or any combination thereof..

Why else do you need to love bats.

Large species are hunted for skins; they also collect their guano. The accumulation of litter inside the caves, which for more than a century has been valued as a wonderful fertilizer. Bats provide pollination and spread the seeds of many important crops. Including banana and date palm, breadfruit, fig and mango trees, cashew (cashew). One skin can catch 600 mosquitoes in an hour, and 20 million Mexican bagwings living in a large cave near Austin, state. Texas (the world’s largest urban colony, which has become a tourist attraction), consumes 250 tons of insects per night.

Grilled or skewered bats recipe.

6-8 bats.
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
4 chili peppers, peeled and finely chopped.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Scorch carcasses of bats to remove wool. If desired, cut off the heads and wings. Grind together salt, pepper, garlic and rub into the meat, leaving it to soak in this mixture for at least an hour. Grill at medium temperature or over an open fire until a crust forms on the carcasses. Sprinkle meat with pepper and leave for about 10 minutes, until the strong odor is weathered. Serve with Rice.

Butter Fried Bats Recipe.

6-8 bats.
2 medium onions, sliced ​​in half rings.
2 turnips or similar root vegetables, cut into small pieces.
Salt and pepper to taste.
1 red chilli, peeled and finely chopped.
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
Vegetable oil.

Cut off the heads and wings, cut the meat into small pieces and fry over medium heat in a wok pan with a minimum amount of oil until softened. Vegetables and other ingredients are added 2-3 minutes before the end of frying.

Based on the book Extreme Cuisine.
Jerry Hopkins.

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