Rocky Mountain Oysters

Out of embarrassment, politeness, sexual panic, or a sense of humor, testicles destined to be eaten are rarely called by their proper name. Rocky Mountain oysters is the most popular euphemism, but they also are known as prairie oysters, swinging beef, tendergroin, calf fries, and cowboy caviar. Rarely found outside the West and Great Plains, Rocky Mountain oysters tend to take the role of hors d’oeuvres, usually served deep-fried in bite-size pieces with cocktail sauce. Historically, they were a treat enjoyed by cowboys at the end of a day of castrating young male bovines. Pop culture has mined a nice vein of comedy from a tenderfoot’s misunderstanding of the term, as expressed by Baxter Black’s poem “The Oyster,” in which a cowboy squirms as an eastern lady tells him how she likes to smash oysters with a stone, and in the movie Funny Farm, where Chevy Chase sets the town record for eating calf fries before he learns the painful reality of what they are.

Restaurants With This Dish

Buckhorn Exchange Porterhouse
Buckhorn Exchange

DENVER, CO

Discuss

What do you think of Rocky Mountain Oysters?

Latest Articles & Guides

Spring rolls with see-through wrap that shows the shrimp within at Dong Thap Noodles
The Best Affordable Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle has some of the best food in the country hands down  Although there are some...

A full plate of fresh oysters on the halfshell a must order at any seafood restaurant
The Essential 22 Seafood Restaurants in the US

Seafood is a delicacy that has been enjoyed since the beginning of time Its flavors are unique...

A photo of the original Rainbow Cone, a Chicago-style ice cream shop's signature treat featuring five flavors of ice cream on a single cone.
The Essential Cheap Eats in Chicago

We have for you a list of some of the top eats on a budget when you are visiting Chicago, Il ...

The Best Affordable Restaurants in Miami, FL

The Best Affordable Restaurants in Miami that Won't Break the Bank Miami is a city that's...

Florida’s North Coast

Florida's north coast is an eater's paradise, with fare both exotic and familiar The menu...

Roadfood Adventures: Gulf Coast Treasures from Florida to Alabama

Road trip: Apalachicola, Florida to Mobile, Alabama Roadfood Adventures are not just quests...

×

Connect with us #Roadfood

Share to...