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Old 04-21-2002, 01:12 AM   #1
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Possum Stew

Yes, I am aware that not everyone eats possum and the old joke about roadkill is truly lame. One should remember that not everyone gets their coffee at Starbucks or their meat at the local grocery. So if possum is not to your liking, just roll over and play dead until next month.

Ingredients:
1 big possum
½ cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
4 carrots, cut in thick slices
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
3 strips of thick-cut bacon diced
½ cup tomato juice
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 Habanero peppers diced (wear gloves)
¼ cup white vinegar
10-12 drops Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste
6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced


Preparation
1. Rub possum with salt and pepper.
2. Brown possum in olive oil in a large skillet.
3. Transfer possum to large dutch oven or stock pot.
4. Fill oven/pot 2/3 full with water.
5. Add vinegar, onions, carrots, corn, and habanero peppers.
6. Bring to boil and add bacon.
7. Cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
8. Bring to boil and add potatoes, garlic, tabasco, tomatoes and juice.
9. Cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer for another hour.
10. Make a no lump paste of cornstarch and warm water.
11. Add enough paste to stew until thickened to wanted consistency.
12. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer 15 more minutes
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Old 04-21-2002, 06:23 AM   #2
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possum stew

Does this recipe also work with armadillo???? Although armadillo's are hard to peel!

Actually, it sounds like a great stew....if one were to substitute beef for the possum! LOL!

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Old 04-21-2002, 12:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome Norma, Armidillo?I suppose a circular saw might help skin them but I think it would be rather messy, lol

Mama, I have heard of that kind of broth but have never tried it.
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Old 10-25-2003, 11:54 PM   #4
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Well Grammy, the old story --too late. I trapped a possum last wed. and turned him over to the dog catcher. He sure looked prime to me. He had been eating the cats food, and was good and fat. I don't eat possum, never have, never will! To each his own. Okie :D :D
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:14 AM   #5
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Well Grammy, the old story --too late. I trapped a possum last wed. and turned him over to the dog catcher. He sure looked prime to me. He had been eating the cats food, and was good and fat. I don't eat possum, never have, never will! To each his own. Okie :D :D
What bait did you use?
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:29 AM   #6
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We're gonna get along jes' fine !

Possum, Roast W/ Possum Stuffing
Stuffing Ingredients
1 Onion, large, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Fat
Possum liver (optional)
1 cup Bread crumbs
1 tsp Red peppers, chopped
Worcestershire sauce, dash
1 Egg, hardboiled, finely chop
Salt to taste
Brown onion in hot fat, add finely chopped liver. Cook until tender.
Add other ingredients plus enough water to moisten mixture. Mix,
stuff possum and skewer or sew the opening shut. Suggestions: Some
parboil the possum before roasting. Others remove the skin and fat.
Try rubbing possum with a little sage before roasting. Sweet potatoes
are absolute requirement to a Southerner.
Roast Possum
1 Possum, whole, un-cleaned
1 Onion, large, chopped
1 Tbsp Bacon fat
Possum liver
1 cup Bread crumbs
1 tsp Red pepper, chopped
Worcestershire sauce, dash
1 Egg, hardboiled, finely chop
Salt to taste
Procedure
Possums are roasted with hide on, so prepare a large pot of scalding
hot water. Dip possum in it for a few minutes, then remove the hair
by scraping with a dull knife, as you would scrape a hog. If some
hair comes off hard, dip again in scalding (not hard-boiling) water.
Wash with soap and water, then remove entrails, keeping washed liver.
Remove head and tail (some people keep the head on). Soak in cold
water to which is added 1 cup salt. Drain and rinse with boiling
water. Stuff with possum stuffing, close the opening, and roast in
black iron pot with a little water for 1-1/2 hours at 350. Baste
often. SEE possum stuffing recipe. Add sweet potatoes 1 hour before
possum is done.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:50 PM   #7
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Never ate Possum - how do they taste?
Fatty ? Gamey?

Please don't say they taste just like chicken
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Never ate Possum - how do they taste?
Fatty ? Gamey?

Please don't say they taste just like chicken
They taste like frogs legs
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:24 PM   #9
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They taste like frogs legs
Well the only time I ever ate frog legs was at Nathans Famous
in Coney Island - and they were deep fat fried and you
couldn't tell them apart from a fried Chicken wing
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Mike - you said don't say they taste like chicken - I was going to say frog legs too but GB beat me to it!

Please note that this thread is from 2002/2003. I don't think any of the posters from then are still with us.
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:54 PM   #12
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I've only got 1 recipe for Possum. It's called the "Dig a hole and fill it in" Recipe. I have trapped enough of these critters to know I never want to eat one, lol.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:16 AM   #13
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As I recall, (been fifty years, probably) it tastes a lot like fatty pork, I do remember, tho' that possums shouldn't be killed in the wild for the table. Instead, they should be captured and fed table scraps and other clean food for a few weeks until the carrion that they sometimes consume is out of their system.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:23 AM   #14
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I've had possum and muskrat (marshrabbit) and both were well prepared and very good. I hear nutria is also thought to be very good.

I've cooked many a wild duck and goose, and quite a lot of elk and venison.

Food from the wild can be very good.
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I've heard possum has a sweet off taste......I've tried beaver, very good, a lot like deer venison. Caribou is good, buffalo is good, I'm thinking the bigger animal the better I've liked it. I'm not much for frogs legs or rabbit, but that is just me, sorry. ~Bliss
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Possum is one of my favorite wild meats. I was raised eating possum. We had Possum Suppers a couple times a year and you'd be surprised at the folks that would come to the house for them. We cooked seven one time. All of it was eaten. We had mayors and city counsel men come for them. We kept the possums up for two or three weeks to fatten and clean them out and basically did the scald and scrape process. Then roasted with sweet potatoes. Good stuff!
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They taste like frogs legs

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