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Squirrel with Black-Eyed Peas – Warden Wire


Chef Tim, the conservation warden who heads the Bureau of Enforcement and Science at the Wis. Department of Natural Resources, has a tasty easy squirrel dish that just might open the door to a new outdoor activity for you, your family and friends. “You must bag your own squirrels,” Chef Tim says. “It’s a great family outing – hunt for that day’s dinner. It’s self-sufficiency at its finest.”
Gray and fox squirrel season starts September 17 and ends Jan. 31, 2012.

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Skin and clean your squirrels thoroughly. Instead of quartering them, fillet the meat off the legs and back.

  • Four medium-size squirrels, drawn, skinned, and cleaned (or filleted)
  • 1/2 lb. black-eyed peas3 medium onions
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1/2 package of frozen sweet peas. Canned varieties work, too
  • 1/4 lb. smoked link sausage
  • Flour
  • Bacon fat or lard (Olive Oil or canola oil)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth (can make with chicken bouillon)


For the slow cooker: Serves two

NIGHT BEFORE COOKING: Put the squirrels into salted water and hold overnight in the refrigerator; the next day, rinse and pat dry.

  1. Bring 4-6 cups of water to vigorous boil in a large saucepan, then add the black-eyed peas to it.
  2. Boil furiously for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and cover; hold 15 minutes and drain.
  3. Quarter (or fillet) the squirrels, and dredge with flour or corn meal.
  4. Sauté in a skillet in hot bacon fat or lard until golden brown,
  5. Drain on a paper towel and place in a crock-pot.
  6. Chop the onions coarsely, and sauté in bacon fat and pan drippings (olive or canola oil) until translucent. Then add to the pot.
  7. Cut the carrots into 3/4-inch lengths, and the sausage into 1/8-inch discs.
  8. Next, add them along with the frozen peas and the cooked black-eyed peas.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste and stir gently.
  10. Add the chicken broth and cook in the crock pot for 8 hours on low setting, or until the meat is almost falling off the bones.

For a different flavor, you can substitute navy beans for the black-eyed peas.

Chef Tim reminds readers that consuming raw or uncooked food can be harmful to your health, and increase your chances of acquiring a foodborne illness.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Last Revised: Thursday, July 12, 2012




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