I first made this stew for my friends Joe and Dorrie in Ohio, last season. I called it Portuguese squirrel stew at the time, but I really have no idea whether this qualifies as Portuguese. All I know is that it’s damn good.
Every region of the country has its big, burly stew, from gumbo to chili to cioppino. This is a Kentucky classic, done with a menagerie of wild game: Pheasant, squirrel and venison. Make a big ole’ bowl this weekend and you won’t be sad.
This is one of my favorite dishes on the site: A classy, Spanish-inspired slow braised squirrel recipe. The dish is based on a Catalan rabbit dish, but I like it with squirrel better.
Cutting up a squirrel for cooking is a lot like cutting up a rabbit, but there are enough differences to warrant these step by step instructions. Never eaten squirrel? Think chicken thigh… if the chicken had been eating nuts its whole life.
Few cultures love to eat squirrel more than the Hmong, a group of Southeast Asian immigrants who arrived here in the US after the Vietnam War. This is a pretty standard stew loaded with fresh, vibrant ingredients: Lemongrass, ginger, chiles and lots of herbs. It’s like a squirrel pho.