Thursday, November 5, 2015

Squirrel Dumplins

So for our anniversary my husband got me a new gun for squirrel hunting. So of course I drug him out to take me squirrel hunting and it was a complete success! I got 5 my first time. So now what do you do with them... I had never cooked squirrel before and we got this recipe from a friend for squirrel dumplings. They turned out so good my husband does not want to share them. If you do not have squirrels or do not hunt it is a simple fix to substitute chicken in for the squirrel.

Squirrel Dumplings
**Broth and Squirrel
5 medium sized squirrels
10 c water
Salt and Pepper
1 12oz can evaporated milk
1/2 stick butter

4 c all purpose flour
5 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp lard
2 c buttermilk

1. In a crockpot, add the water, squirrel, and salt and pepper. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
2. Remove squirrel and pour broth into a large pot on a medium to medium high temperature.
3. Add evaporated milk and butter to the broth.
4. Make dumplings: in a large mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda together.
5. Cut in lard until it looks like coarse corn meal. 
6. Add buttermilk and stir until soft dough forms.
7. Divide into 4 balls. Roll (one ball at a time) out to 1/8-1/4 inch thick rectangles and cut into large squares. **Note the thinner you make them the thinner the dumplings.
8. Return broth to a boil (if there pot is not 1/2 full then add extra water), add in dumplings a little at at time. Stir.
9. Cover and let simmer on low for 15 minutes. 
10. Remove from heat stir in the squirrel. Stir until hot.