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Old 12-28-2005, 10:32 AM   #1
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Squirrel Casserole

Squirrel Casserole
4 Squirrel; quartered
4 Ham slices; very thin
4 md Onions; thinly sliced
4 Carrots; thinly sliced
4 lg Potatoes; thinly sliced
4 sl Bacon
4 oz Apple cider
4 oz Applejack
4 tb Flour
Salt and pepper
Water
Rub the squirrels with salt and pepper. In the bottom of an earthenware casserole with a
tight lid, arrange the slices of ham, then a layer of squirrel, then a layer of onion, a layer
of carrot, and a layer of potato. Continue building up layers, seasoning each with salt and
pepper until casserole is filled. Arrange slices of bacon across the top. Add the cider and
applejack. Place the lid on the casserole and seal it with a paste made of flour and water.
Place the casserole in a 250-degree oven for 3 hours.

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Old 12-28-2005, 11:28 AM   #2
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how does squirrel taste? i'm guessing like a gamier chicken thigh.
the casserole looks pretty good. i like the idea of capping it with dough. i'm thinking this would taste good if cooked in a cast iron dutch oven, buried in the coals of a camp fire.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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That's a good looking recipe, Lucky. I'll bet it would be good with wild rabbit, also.

Bucky, that's a pretty good guess. They actually are not strong tastiing at all, and very tender and juicy if cooked properly.
HB jokes that if worse comes to worst, he'll trap our squirrels for food. They are very well fed, as we have lots of oaks and a black walnut tree, not to mention the stale bread and cornbread I feed them.
My backyard wildlife is off limits, though. I did let him shoot a groundhog once, that was working on my vegetable garden, but it made me feel bad.
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Old 12-28-2005, 01:03 PM   #4
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Constance.. I have the same rule for Paulie. He can go to the woods and shoot anything he wants ( as long as he brings it home to eat) but.. my animals are my friends. He can't hurt them! NOPE!!!!
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:24 PM   #5
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That really sounds good, although, I'm too sheepish to try squirrel, but I think I may use chicken. How much chicken would you suppose would equal 4 squirrel?
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:35 PM   #6
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it depends on who you ask, the chicken, or the squirrel.
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bucky, on a roll, extra cheesy with some spice.
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:20 PM   #8
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four critters equal four and a half chicken breasts

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Quote:
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how does squirrel taste? i'm guessing like a gamier chicken thigh.
the casserole looks pretty good. i like the idea of capping it with dough. i'm thinking this would taste good if cooked in a cast iron dutch oven, buried in the coals of a camp fire.
My granny grew up in the Yukon and tells stories of how they would eat beavers that her brother would catch in his traps (oily, sort of chewy meat, she said), but I can't say as though I've head first hand what squirrle tastes like. Not exactly topping my list of foods I want to try, but I'd imagine it's not that awful....
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four critters equal four and a half chicken breasts

Are you talking whole breasts? That would be some pretty big squirrels, Lucky. You must be talking Fox Squirrels. We have gray squirrels here, except in the deep woods, and one of them would equal a couple of thighs, at most.
Fox squirrels are much larger, though...and so pretty! My daughter rescued a baby after hunters killed the mother, and raised it to adulthood, feeding it peanut butter.
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