We are renting a room in our home to a guy who works in the booming oil and gas industry here in Ohio. He squirrel hunts and wants me to cook them. Help, I've never eaten squirrel and don''t have a clue how to cook it. Any ideas out there. Thanks
Heat a heavy pan with a thin layer of oil in it. Put the squirrel in the pan and fry for a couple of minutes until brown - turn over and brown the other side. Remove squirrel from pan. Stir slice onion into pan and cook slightly. Return squirrel to pan, add muchrooms if you want. Season with garlic, salt and pepper. Add enough water to cover the meat. Simmer for at least one hour, I prefer to cook it for two or more in a cast iron dutch oven. This can be done in a crockpot on low for 4 or more hours. Remove meat and thicken the broth with flour and water to make a gravy. You can pick the meat off the bones and mix it into the gravy or serve the pieces of squirrel on the plate with the gravy poured over it. Serve with potatoes - either mashed or boiled.
Squirrel can be very tough and dry as there is no fat on the meat. Make sure to allow enough time to cook it low, slow and moist.
I grew up eating and hunting squirrel...yum! My family loves squirrel dumplings! I sear the critters in a little oil and then add water and simmer until tender...debone ...then cook as you would if making chicken and dumplings. Also nothing beats smothered sq. and gravy!
Thanks guys, I will try this soon. He hasn't had any hunting time yet. I may just try for a squirrel or two when I am out hunting turkey this weekend. Haven't got my deer yet either. It has been so rainy here.
I like a good olive oil infused with black walnut great for saute squirrel with alittle garlic salt and pepper about all you need for squirrel, use the pan dripping for gravey. Remember its a delicate meat so don't overdo high heat, just brown, simmer till tender and serve. Less is more.