I got a comment asking about the recipe for those roasted beaks the Lows love so much, and wanted to oblige so everyone in my demon household can enjoy the delicacy.
Honestly, when writing about them, I was thinking about chicken feet and how they are usually boiled down in a broth, but can also be fried or baked. I’ve never cooked chicken feet myself, but I know that the nails need to be removed before preparing them since nails are super hard and wouldn’t be all that easy for human teeth to chomp on. I imagined beaks were the same. But since demons eat all sorts of interesting things (like bitey fish) denizens of Hel don’t mind chewing something hard as a rock.
Of course, each region of Hel has their own special take on the best way to prepare roast beaks. All demons agree that softening the beaks by either blanching them or boiling them is necessary before tossing them in the oven (or air fryer if you’re this side of the gates). Cool them down by immersing the beaks in cold water, then get out your metal pan and fire up the oven.
Before roasting, coat the beaks with honey or butter, then sprinkle on a peppery mix, garlic, cinnamon, barbecue sauce, or Sam’s favorite— Old Bay Seasoning. Then roast those suckers until they’re golden brown and hard as granite. If you’re not chipping a tooth, they’re not done!