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.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
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.
My husband grew up in Tennessee eating squirrel and dumplings, rabbit, venison and beaver. Actually, beaver can taste like a good roast.
We have lots of wild turkey here too...
Soak my pecans in bourbon before putting them into the pie.
Threw the extras out onto the lawn.
Haven’t seen the squirrels in two days - I think they’re sleeping it off.
Your average squirrel only yields about 400 calories or so, but they sure do make a pot full of beans and rice taste pretty good...
Cornbread buttered with a little squirrel fat ain’t bad either...
Very, very greasy....
Eat my outside entertainment? ON NO!
I think I've got about 35 head of squirrel out there right now.
Same here. They're thick this year and they keep bustin' hickory nuts on a tree next to my deck, leaving sharp shards everywhere on my deck. I was just telling my wife it was time to cull the herd......but can you believe it? She's from West Virginia and has never eaten squirrel. Go figure......
I bet it’s healthier than the processed garbage we’re trained to eat.
Squirrels eat good... BUT.. theres this..
Smith, the hunter in the article, wears gloves to protect against disease. As with everything else, it helps to know what you're doing.
No squirrel tartar, either....
I’ve got a couple dozen that live around my house. Can’t even shoot them with a bb gun though without violating the city ordinances.
I was picturing the image of the squirrel with the huge testicles and all i could come up with was “appalachian mountain oysters.”
I am amused easily.
Oven Fried Squirrel
Canola oil/ vegetable oil
Pat meat dry with paper towel to remove any moisture. Dip squirrel in egg. Combine Frying Magic with flour, dip egg-covered squirrel in mix. Cover bottom of skillet with olive oil and canola oil, add butter and brown meat well (about 20 min). Put squirrel in baking dish and pour contents of skillet over meat. Bake for one hour at 375 degrees.
It takes a half dozen squirrel drummies to make a decent meal. Back in my poor ute I used to pop them out of the trees in the backyard, from the basement door with .22 CB caps. Then send the dog out to bring them in the house. This was in Fairfax, VA suburbs of DC. Neighbors had no clue.
Squirrel pot pie
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 squirrels, boiled and boned
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 T flour
½ t pepper
½ t dried thyme
2C buttermilk baking mix (like Bisquick or Jiffy)
Heat oven to 400F. Combine all filling ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Spoon filling mixture into baking pan and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine topping ingredients. Spoon batter evenly over filling. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Between Belvoir and a hard place. ;-)
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Sounds good. Best I’ve ever done is fresh groundhog trapped in the backyard. Barbecued up really nice
Better a GAMO pellet gun.. makes less noise..
but the article is from the UK. I suspect it was written by MO, encouraging the little people to eat cake with their squirrel and home garden grown arugula when the prices skyrocket at the supermarket...
YUM! — Tree Rat Stew.
How much “food insecurity” do we have to see before someone gets the idea to take out all those stupid, pooping geese down by the pond at the park in town.
You folks make me hungry. I’m going to have lunch.
I have eaten smoked beaver tail and, except for a small center
bone, it was indistinguishable from Canadian bacon.
Every pond in every town. Between squirrel, deer and goose, there's animal protein all around us.
Recipes for the hunter’s wife.
Even better incentive for good markmanship.
The Boers of South Africa used to do the same when hunting lion. But they didn't use .22s. Or there wouldn't have been very many Boers.