I was at my publisher's last week for meetings. Over lunch on Monday we went out with my friends at Tommy Nelson. We got on a discussion of the TV reality show, Duck Dynasty. The girls started talking about the things the characters on the eat. They mentioned squirrel. Wait, squirrel is a normal thing to eat. At least it is in my neck of the woods. After much discussion (and shuddering on the part of the Tommy Nelson girls!) I realized what I thought was normal might not be normal at all.
My dad is a big hunter. I grew up on squirrel, rabbit, frog legs, and turtle soup. Every Thanksgiving you could count on my dad and brothers going rabbit hunting. My mom is really good at cooking all these things too, so I thought I'd share how to cook squirrel. It's really very good to. It tastes like a chicken thigh. My sister-in-law was here. She lives in AZ so the thought of it was very foreign to her, but she was game to try it. And she liked it. "Tastes like chicken," she said.
So you take the cut up squirrel and dredge it in flour. If I were making it, I would use gluten free flour of course. Brown it in an iron skillet with some oil. When it's nicely brown, put about an inch of water or so in it and cover it, then put it in the oven at 350 and bake until falling off the bone tender. I think it usually takes about an hour in the oven. Take it out of the skillet and use the drippings to make gravy. My brothers say the gravy is the best part. :)
What about you? What is traditional food for you?