Goose meat croquettes made from airport geese

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We’ve written a lot of croquette stories on this blog, made from meat leftovers, questionable vegetarian variants and about general croquette awareness.

A goose meat croquette sounds to me like a Dutch Christmas appetizer or even a fancy French one. However, the geese in question are some of 100.000 geese a year that are shot to stop planes at Schiphol getting geese in their engines.

Beach side cafĂ© Beach Inn in IJmuiden, North Holland is serving goose meat croquettes made from the geese shot down at Schiphol airport. As I also saw recently on telly, a goose hunter for the airport said catching and releasing would mean hiring an army (they fly back to the airport anyways, a waste of time) and poisoning their eggs is just not done anymore and doesn’t really help.

The geese are usually destroyed or sometimes end up in cat food. Rob Hagenouw, an artist from Amsterdam, contacted some hunters, score some goose and worked hard at creating his own recipe. He says that with his croquettes, the flavours really come out.

Eating goose, or turkey for that matter, is not really a Christmas thing in the Netherlands for many reasons. First, many people do not have ovens due to a lack of living space. They have combination microwave and and oven devices that barely fit a decent sized pizza. Second, even if you do have an oven like I do, a goose or turkey won’t fit. Guineafowl or chicken is the best you can hope for. Another reason is that it’s just not a Dutch tradition to shove a big bird in the oven.

(Link: www.telegraaf.nl)

3 Comments »

  1. Wonderful post, but no recipe? For shame! Any chance you have a link for the recipe?

    I have trouble visualizing the mini oven you describe, sounds awful! But more kitchens in the US are being designed that way, what they call a “galley kitchen”, here not meant for real cooking… Sad

    Comment by Green_mantle — November 16, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

  2. 1) The recipe was made by the artist, so I he has it :)

    2) Combi oven: http://www.bbldistribution.co.uk/images/Delonghi%20AC925CHS%2025L%20900W%20Microwave%20Combi%20S%20Steel.jpg

    Comment by Orangemaster — November 16, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  3. […] In 2011 Amsterdam artist Rob Hagenouw contacted some hunters and scored geese to create his own croquette recipe. It was a big deal because by law geese cannot be killed unless they are deemed a nuisance, like the geese at Schiphol airport. […]

    Pingback by 24 oranges » Unwanted animals turned into fancy snack food — March 11, 2015 @ 10:20 am

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