Eating Squirrel

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by dropshortjock, Mar 1, 2010.

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  1. Having seen the broad palates (and depths) some Arrsers will stoop to to get a bit of red meat in their diets - fox FFS!, perhaps there are some who know the best way to eat squirrels. I'm lucky enough to still have red squirrels at home, so the greys get shot as soon as they are seen. I'm told that they are good eating: can anyone verify this, and if so, is there a "best" way to prepare them?
     
  2. Had it some years ago in a stew were the thickening agent was ground hazelnuts :) ,very rich and was good eating.
     
  3. Squirral should be treated as Rabbit, so any recipe for rabbit is ok to substitue Squirrel meat.and its quit nice
     
  4. Sadly for my neck of the woods, the travellers have yet to make it this far... long may it continue.
     
  5. Hugh Fearnley-Wittinstall did a Squirrel ragout Menu here Not tried it myself but I imagine it tastes like rabbit.
     
  6. Squirrel is quite sweet if I recall (it's been a while) but a colleague used to shoot greys in his garden and make little pasties. I think he made a squirrel meat stew with chicken stock a tiny amount of herbs and roasted pine nuts, then stuffed into homemade short crust pastry pockets. They were lovely.
     
  7. Best eaten like rabbit really anything you put rabbit into can be substituted for squirrel. Skinning them is similar as well.
     
  8. That one does sounds good, thanks.
     
  9. I watched a programme on the telly a few years back about a butcher in the west country who specialised in dormice. They were expensive, but I found this:

    http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=27622

    After a heavy weekend on the pop all this talk of food is making me rather peckish.
     
  10. I have eaten squirrel. My advice is that while you can eat squirrel, on balance unless it is essential to survival...don't.

    It doesn't taste like rabbit and it is not "sweet". It has a very grainy texture and is bitter - as one imagines a beast who lives on nuts and kernels (and songbird eggs/young) would taste. As the old advice goes boil in stock for thirteen hours, then pour away!
     
  11. I have eaten squirrel. My advice is that while you can eat squirrel, on balance unless it is essential to survival...don't.

    It doesn't taste like rabbit and it is not "sweet". It has a very grainy texture and is bitter - as one imagines a beast who lives on nuts and kernels (and songbird eggs/young) would taste. As the old advice goes boil in stock for thirteen hours, then pour away!
     
  12. Each to their own I guess. The squirrel i tasted was very nice and was sweet, but then that might have been to do with the diet of that particular gritter and also possibly the way that the meat was cooked or prepared.
     
  13. There are some good American recipes, usually from places like Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama etc. I had some squirrels done with peaches and they were really good
    Take care y'all
     
  14. They are very fatty and are best grilled in my opinion. They can be as fatty as a lamb chop and you wouldn't casserole that - it would be greasy.
    Spatchcock them out and cook under a hot grill. The meat has the sweetness of lamb with a mild gaminess like rabbit. Crisps up like a lamb chop or bacon with the fat running through the meat.

    Very tasty.