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(Field and Stream)   I love the sweet aroma of squirrel, and I'm surprised at most folks' inexperience with serving the little guys so here is Braised Squirrel With Bacon, Mushrooms, and Pinot Noir, it's a riff on coq au vin   (fieldandstream.com) divider line 107
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2013-09-15 09:34:19 AM
Sounds delicious
 
2013-09-15 09:39:13 AM
My Dad's third wife was a Coonass woman out from DeRidder, and my new Uncle John was about as backwoods as you can get, and he introduced me to squirrel as BBQ. Not a lot of meat on the little guys, but tasty, and you get a dozen or so, and you've got a decent meal before you. Squirrel can be treated like rabbit, flavor wise, and in fairness, if you're NOT a fan of rabbit, then they maybe aren't for you. But for simplicity's sake, grilled, with a bit of a dry rub, and a bit of finishing sauce, and you've got fine eating. For a stew they work well--Coq au Vin isn't a bad way to go, though I prefer a Cacciatore, which gives you big flavor, and squirrels break down fair easy for dredging and seasoning. They're easier to skin than rabbit, and you can bring a brace home fair easy.
 
2013-09-15 09:40:16 AM
Did I see some nuts in that bowl?
 
2013-09-15 09:41:36 AM
I'd like to try this recipe on the little bastards that keep digging in my flower pots on my deck. The recipe sounds delicious.
 
2013-09-15 09:47:09 AM

trekkiecougar: I'd like to try this recipe on the little bastards that keep digging in my flower pots on my deck. The recipe sounds delicious.


or . . . . . . .

i283.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-15 09:47:53 AM
Pair it with one of these:

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2013-09-15 09:52:18 AM
Just don't eat too many of their brains or you might suffer from a fatal squirrel version of mad cow disease.  Those pesky prions...
 
2013-09-15 09:57:03 AM
Well given Coq au win is traditionally and properly down with rooster rather than the hen the recipe would probably work well with many game birds and small game.
 
2013-09-15 09:57:23 AM
Looks good.
 
2013-09-15 09:57:47 AM
FINALLY! a use for my AR-15!
 
2013-09-15 09:59:10 AM

hubiestubert: My Dad's third wife was a Coonass woman---



Ok, this is not a snark. I'm curious about local language. What's a coonass? I've never read that before.
 
2013-09-15 10:00:11 AM
Ok, I answered my own question. Trust wiki to have an answer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonass

So it's cajun?
 
2013-09-15 10:01:17 AM

Neighborhood Watch: indarwinsshadow: What's a coonass?


Someone from Louisiana.


Ah. More specific than I thought. Being from the deep south (of Canada) myself, I appreciate French inspired cooking :)
 
2013-09-15 10:09:28 AM
Squirrel? Oh hell no.
 
2013-09-15 10:12:40 AM

Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.


If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...
 
2013-09-15 10:16:18 AM

Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.


Be careful around Derby Day. Sometimes they sneak it into the burgoo.
 
2013-09-15 10:17:27 AM
The back straps of a squirrel is fine table fair. I've eaten more then a few of them in my day. Coons, rabbits and groundhog was all table fare growing up.
 
2013-09-15 10:18:17 AM
Does not approve

i28.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-15 10:20:42 AM
No joke - I once did a gig doing database work for grocery scoring. Two items from the list struck me and both were fairly nutritious according to the scoring algorithm.

They were:

Raw polar bear meat

and

Ground squirrel.
 
2013-09-15 10:21:22 AM

indarwinsshadow: Neighborhood Watch: indarwinsshadow: What's a coonass?


Someone from Louisiana.

Ah. More specific than I thought. Being from the deep south (of Canada) myself, I appreciate French inspired cooking :)


As coon ass myself what most coon asses do not know is that Louisiana cooking is inspired by French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine.
 
2013-09-15 10:22:04 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: The back straps of a squirrel is fine table fair. I've eaten more then a few of them in my day. Coons, rabbits and groundhog was all table fare growing up.


I hate coon. I'd rather eat possum. Nutria are pretty good though.
 
2013-09-15 10:24:29 AM

hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...


My grandmother would smother squirrel or rabit, and serve it over rice with gravy. mmmm mmmm.
 
2013-09-15 10:27:48 AM

indarwinsshadow: Ok, I answered my own question. Trust wiki to have an answer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonass

So it's cajun?


Pretty much. It was one of the first cuss-words I was "allowed" to say when I was growing up, lol!

/From Baton Rouge
//would go to Morganza nearly every weekend to visit my mom's coonass friends
///tasty squirrel slashies!
 
2013-09-15 10:30:35 AM

hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...


They make great chili too.
 
2013-09-15 10:33:54 AM
I knew a North Georgia family so poor that their 12 year old son would bum .22 rounds from me to hunt squirrel and rabbit so the family could eat.

The kid once shot a woodpecker, field dressed it, and brought it in for his mama to cook. She didn't lol, it wasn't even a mouthful.
 
2013-09-15 10:34:42 AM

hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...


I don't eat rabbit, because eating rabbit sounds disgusting.  I'm weird about food; if it sounds gross, looks gross, or smells gross, I won't touch it.


wellreadneck: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

Be careful around Derby Day. Sometimes they sneak it into the burgoo.


I don't need to worry about that; I don't live in Kentucky, nor do I want to go to Kentucky.
 
2013-09-15 10:35:34 AM

kd1s: No joke - I once did a gig doing database work for grocery scoring. Two items from the list struck me and both were fairly nutritious according to the scoring algorithm.

They were:

Raw polar bear meat

and

Ground squirrel.


Raw Polar bear? Enjoy your trichnosis.
 
2013-09-15 10:38:00 AM
Note to urbanites: the further away from the city and dumpsters the healthier the squirrels will be. Out in the woods they're cleanly little beasties.
 
2013-09-15 10:42:55 AM
I tried squirrel and hare for the first time this past year.  The squirrel was surprisingly good, and if there was more meat on them, I'd consider taking up hunting for them.  Thought it was better than the hare.
 
2013-09-15 10:43:23 AM
Ate so much squirrel as a kid I could tell if they were living in Hickory trees or Oak trees.

/  Squirrel and Deer raised on acorns have a distinct taste.
//  It's aKern not A-Corn.
///  Squirrley Slashies!
 
2013-09-15 10:55:20 AM

eyeq360: Just don't eat too many of their brains or you might suffer from a fatal squirrel version of mad cow disease.  Those pesky prions...


I visited a machine shop in backwoods Tennessee once, they were making some parts for a project I was working on.  One of the guys working there had a brought a brown paper sack full of squirrel heads for his lunch that day.  I don't know how they were prepared and I was not interested in finding out.
 
2013-09-15 10:58:01 AM
In highschool, I was in an outdoor education program where we got to do a lot of camping and learn about nature and such. One trip, we were being taught how to set snares, make fire without matches or lighters, with the intent to catch rabbits and eat them. Well we caught squirrel, so we ate squirrel, boiled with wild berries and herbs.

I enjoyed it.
 
2013-09-15 11:01:18 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-15 11:04:07 AM
Used to eat squirrel and Ramen daily. Shrimp flavor really brings out the greasy gaminess that is squirrel.
 
2013-09-15 11:05:09 AM

Coco LaFemme: hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...

I don't eat rabbit, because eating rabbit sounds disgusting.  I'm weird about food; if it sounds gross, looks gross, or smells gross, I won't touch it.



If it's any consolation, despite being raised in the Deep South, I can't eat okra in any form. Heck, I can't really stand eggplant, unless it's in a caponata, and I trained in Italian cuisine early. Some foods ain't for everyone. I will defend rabbit, in that while some folks get weirded out about eating such a cute animal, they ARE some dang tasty domesticated herbivores, and with a fair amount of fat, they make damn fine stew. Same with squirrels, if you bag them in the fall, when they're all fat and sassy.

The one rodent that a lot of folks miss, is porcupine. Especially the ones who spend a lot of time gnawing on acorns. Porkies have a fair amount of fat, and while they are a pain to skin, the fat makes for a great roux. Uncle John made some fine jambalaya thanks to these critters.
 
2013-09-15 11:10:33 AM

kd1s: No joke - I once did a gig doing database work for grocery scoring. Two items from the list struck me and both were fairly nutritious according to the scoring algorithm.

They were:

Raw polar bear meat

and

Ground squirrel.


Ground squirrel as opposed to a tree squirrel? Or squirrel meat that has been ground? Or ground squirrel meat that has been ground?
 
2013-09-15 11:12:05 AM

drewogatory: Mid_mo_mad_man: The back straps of a squirrel is fine table fair. I've eaten more then a few of them in my day. Coons, rabbits and groundhog was all table fare growing up.

I hate coon. I'd rather eat possum. Nutria are pretty good though.




Possum is nasty. Bad raccoon is the fault of the cook. Had plenty of BBQ coon that tasted like pulled pork.
 
2013-09-15 11:12:58 AM

hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...

I don't eat rabbit, because eating rabbit sounds disgusting.  I'm weird about food; if it sounds gross, looks gross, or smells gross, I won't touch it.


If it's any consolation, despite being raised in the Deep South, I can't eat okra in any form. Heck, I can't really stand eggplant, unless it's in a caponata, and I trained in Italian cuisine early. Some foods ain't for everyone. I will defend rabbit, in that while some folks get weirded out about eating such a cute animal, they ARE some dang tasty domesticated herbivores, and with a fair amount of fat, they make damn fine stew. Same with squirrels, if you bag them in the fall, when they're all fat and sassy.

The one rodent that a lot of folks miss, is porcupine. Especially the ones who spend a lot of time gnawing on acorns. Porkies have a fair amount of fat, and while they are a pain to skin, the fat makes for a great roux. Uncle John made some fine jambalaya thanks to these critters.


I like okra.  I've had it cooked with stewed tomatoes and I've also had it deep-fried.  I'll eat just about any vegetable you put in front of me with the exception of beets and sweet potatoes.  They're direct from Satan, those are.
 
2013-09-15 11:18:37 AM

Coco LaFemme: hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...

I don't eat rabbit, because eating rabbit sounds disgusting.  I'm weird about food; if it sounds gross, looks gross, or smells gross, I won't touch it.


If it's any consolation, despite being raised in the Deep South, I can't eat okra in any form. Heck, I can't really stand eggplant, unless it's in a caponata, and I trained in Italian cuisine early. Some foods ain't for everyone. I will defend rabbit, in that while some folks get weirded out about eating such a cute animal, they ARE some dang tasty domesticated herbivores, and with a fair amount of fat, they make damn fine stew. Same with squirrels, if you bag them in the fall, when they're all fat and sassy.

The one rodent that a lot of folks miss, is porcupine. Especially the ones who spend a lot of time gnawing on acorns. Porkies have a fair amount of fat, and while they are a pain to skin, the fat makes for a great roux. Uncle John made some fine jambalaya thanks to these critters.

I like okra.  I've had it cooked with stewed tomatoes and I've also had it deep-fried.  I'll eat just about any vegetable you put in front of me with the exception of beets and sweet potatoes.  They're direct from Satan, those are.




Both beets and sweet potatoes are best roasted. Brings out thier natural sweetness. Same with cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, carrots
 
2013-09-15 11:28:13 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Coco LaFemme: hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: hubiestubert: Coco LaFemme: Squirrel? Oh hell no.

If you're not fond of rabbit, then it probably isn't for you, but the wee rodents make for good BBQ...

I don't eat rabbit, because eating rabbit sounds disgusting.  I'm weird about food; if it sounds gross, looks gross, or smells gross, I won't touch it.


If it's any consolation, despite being raised in the Deep South, I can't eat okra in any form. Heck, I can't really stand eggplant, unless it's in a caponata, and I trained in Italian cuisine early. Some foods ain't for everyone. I will defend rabbit, in that while some folks get weirded out about eating such a cute animal, they ARE some dang tasty domesticated herbivores, and with a fair amount of fat, they make damn fine stew. Same with squirrels, if you bag them in the fall, when they're all fat and sassy.

The one rodent that a lot of folks miss, is porcupine. Especially the ones who spend a lot of time gnawing on acorns. Porkies have a fair amount of fat, and while they are a pain to skin, the fat makes for a great roux. Uncle John made some fine jambalaya thanks to these critters.

I like okra.  I've had it cooked with stewed tomatoes and I've also had it deep-fried.  I'll eat just about any vegetable you put in front of me with the exception of beets and sweet potatoes.  They're direct from Satan, those are.

Both beets and sweet potatoes are best roasted. Brings out thier natural sweetness. Same with cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, carrots


I've tried beets and sweet potatoes many different ways and just don't like them.  Which is fine, that means there's more for everyone else if it's put on the table.  Now the other three you mentioned?  GIVE ME NOW.  My boyfriend likes Brussels sprouts roasted with bacon and onions, so that's how I make them.  Thankfully cabbage-type foods don't give either of us GI tract issues, so we can eat them to our hearts' content.
 
2013-09-15 11:34:34 AM
Don't laugh....once the world's economy collapses, due to the stupidity of America being over 16 trillion in debt, squirrel might be as expensive as a porterhouse steak.
 
2013-09-15 11:38:45 AM
A very long time ago I worked with a self-avowed coonass; his definition: people raised to eat anything that didn't eat them first. He loved gator, rattlesnake, all kinds of 'stuff' not seen on typical menus.

In fact, he said his all time favorite meal (not remotely legal) was during the fall migration. In his words: 'you could set up nets and get 30-40 robins in one pass.'  That's right. Robin gumbo.

My babysitter ate all all that stuff - rabbit, squirrel, woodchuck (make sure you properly remove the musk glands or not even the dog will eat it). And please, please wear gloves if you're skinning wild rabbit - Tularemia is no joke.

/It's funny, I haven't had it in a really long time, but I remember the taste - it made a nice change. But damned if I've ever had goat that I even remotely liked; which seems weird considering how much of the planet lives on it.
//not a big fan of mutton either, to me it tastes like pork that got left on the counter for a couple weeks.
///It may have to do with the fact I ran from both ends several days (TMI?) after consuming mutton kabobs in Morocco. Spice was great, sides were fantastic, but the kabobs kicked my innards - needed IVs even.
 
2013-09-15 11:39:15 AM

anuran: Sounds delicious


It is.
 
2013-09-15 11:40:05 AM
Do not want.
A squirrel is a rat with a furry tail.
 
2013-09-15 11:40:32 AM

hubiestubert: My Dad's third wife was a Coonass woman out from DeRidder, and my new Uncle John was about as backwoods as you can get, and he introduced me to squirrel as BBQ. Not a lot of meat on the little guys, but tasty, and you get a dozen or so, and you've got a decent meal before you. Squirrel can be treated like rabbit, flavor wise, and in fairness, if you're NOT a fan of rabbit, then they maybe aren't for you. But for simplicity's sake, grilled, with a bit of a dry rub, and a bit of finishing sauce, and you've got fine eating. For a stew they work well--Coq au Vin isn't a bad way to go, though I prefer a Cacciatore, which gives you big flavor, and squirrels break down fair easy for dredging and seasoning. They're easier to skin than rabbit, and you can bring a brace home fair easy.


No way. Squirrels are WAY harder to skin than rabbits are.
 
2013-09-15 11:45:31 AM

Neighborhood Watch: My dad was raised on squirrel, but I wouldn't touch it.  But of course, when he was a kid, they had to go to a well for water (and heat it over a fire for baths), sh*t in an outhouse and hunt for food (this was Arkansas).  To me, it's like Back To The Future III, but I've seen my late grandmother making squirrel brains and eggs.  Oh, man.

In fact, her freezer in the garage was full of skinned up squirrels that my cousins shot and brought over.

The worst thing (I can't get this image out of my mind) was her squirrel stew.  She'd leave the heads in it, kind of like how people will keep hard-shell crabs in gumbo.  She would say 'that's the flavor', but all I remember are the skulls bobbing to the surface when she stirred it... and those teeth.


I grew up eating deer, squirrels, rabbit, etc...but thats just gross.
 
2013-09-15 11:50:19 AM
In before the 'tard claiming squirrel brains give you mad co...

eyeq360: Just don't eat too many of their brains or you might suffer from a fatal squirrel version of mad cow disease.  Those pesky prions...


DAMMIT!
 
2013-09-15 11:51:30 AM

Tired_of_the_BS: A very long time ago I worked with a self-avowed coonass; his definition: people raised to eat anything that didn't eat them first. He loved gator, rattlesnake, all kinds of 'stuff' not seen on typical menus.

In fact, he said his all time favorite meal (not remotely legal) was during the fall migration. In his words: 'you could set up nets and get 30-40 robins in one pass.'  That's right. Robin gumbo.

My babysitter ate all all that stuff - rabbit, squirrel, woodchuck (make sure you properly remove the musk glands or not even the dog will eat it). And please, please wear gloves if you're skinning wild rabbit - Tularemia is no joke.

/It's funny, I haven't had it in a really long time, but I remember the taste - it made a nice change. But damned if I've ever had goat that I even remotely liked; which seems weird considering how much of the planet lives on it.
//not a big fan of mutton either, to me it tastes like pork that got left on the counter for a couple weeks.
///It may have to do with the fact I ran from both ends several days (TMI?) after consuming mutton kabobs in Morocco. Spice was great, sides were fantastic, but the kabobs kicked my innards - needed IVs even.




Rabbit fever is one of the reason you wait till a hard freeze before killing wild ones
 
2013-09-15 11:51:47 AM
I hate squirrels, but I live in the CT suburbs of NYC, so there are few chances to go varmint hunting around here.  Wouldn't mind eating the little bastards.
 
2013-09-15 11:53:04 AM
dryknife:
Ground squirrel as opposed to a tree squirrel? Or squirrel meat that has been ground? Or ground squirrel meat that has been ground?
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What do you mean, African or European squirrel?
 
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