SQUIRREL POT PIE

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 dressed squirrels (2 - 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 8 small carrots
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Rolled dumplings
  • oregano
  • apples or other fresh fruit for decoration

Directions

  • Wipe thoroughly with a damp cloth and remove all hair.
  • Remove any shot and scent glands.
  • Wash well inside and out with warm water.
  • Cut into serving pieces.
  • Put squirrel into a kettle; add vegetables, oregano, water or stock, salt, pepper and butter; heat to boiling.
  • Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer until very tender (2-3 hours depending on age of animal).
  • The meat should be almost ready to fall from the bones.
  • Add water as needed.
  • Remove and blend vegetables on high.
  • Return to pot.
  • Increase the heat until liquid boils.
  • Lay the rolled dumplings over the top of squirrel; cover tightly and cook for 12-15 minutes.
  • Do not lift cover during cooking.
  • Place squirrel in a hot serving dish and arrange dumplings around the edge.
  • Cooking the dumplings in the liquid should thicken the gravy to just the right consistency.
  • Pour gravy over squirrel and dumplings.
  • If you don't have time to make dumplings, use can bis.
  • Roll out in flour with rolling pin, then cut with knife into strips. Add to liquid.
  • Add quartered apples or other fresh fruit for decoration.

Notes

This is an excellent way to cook old squirrels which are too tough for frying.

Categories: Main Dish  Savory Pie  Wild Game 

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