Skip to comments.Is squirrel the perfect austerity dish?
Posted on 11/27/2010 7:04:06 AM PST by decimon
Grey squirrels are ubiquitous in North America - scurrying across our lawns and up our trees, burying nuts and taunting our tantalised dogs.
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed, squirrels are cute, furry and, apparently, very edible.
The notion of stewed squirrel may not tempt everybody's taste buds, but in an age of tightening belts and financial severity, the humble abundance of the squirrel is causing some to reconsider its epicurean virtue.
American hunter William Hovey Smith, a self-described outdoor enthusiast, loves a spot of squirrel stew, made of course from critters he hunts himself.
"It is certainly a very American dish. We've eaten it since colonial days. In fact sometimes, during hard times, a lot of people primarily subsisted from squirrel meat, just for want of anything better," Mr Smith says.
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Not sure .... we need to check in with the huckster for his opinion.....
Deer are ubiquitous too, and tastier.
Read “King Rat” by James Clavell (spelling?). The prisoners of war caught rats and sold the meat as a delicacy. Rats/squirrels. Small difference.
Many years ago, I had a boyfriend whose arents were from North Carolina. We had ‘Shake and Bake’ squirrel legs many nights. They were yummy.
We got a bear this year...even better than deer.
More likely rabbit.
I’d be well suited for the winter... I have a herd of squirrels in my back yard...
With a father brought up on the family farm in the hills of southeast Kentucky squirrel pie (more of a cobbler, really) was a regular part of my childhood diet. Very tasty. And the practice of shooting the little critters out of tree tops with a .22 or a .410 shotgun definitely bred good marksmanship.
There's nothing finer on this Earth.
They could not afford to be too picky, and my grandmother was reputed to be a good cook. I am told, though, that she drew the line at 'possum. She would not cook one of those!
Quite a few of the great marksmen of earlier generations were created by their father giving them a .22 rifle, a bullet, and telling them “if you want to eat meat tonight, hit the squirrel with your only shot”.
hey that reminds me of an conversion joke... “Q- what does a thousand really mean rabbits make? “A- one killerabbit” hehehe...
I’ll have a glass of Thunderbird or Night Train Express with my vittles please.
Also, harvesting game is fun..
Corn meal goes great with squirrel, much better than flour. Stews should have corn in them too.
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