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Gumbo of the Trees: Spice up Your Day with Squirrel Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo With Crackers

There is nothing like some squirrel gumbo to spice up your day.

Sometimes you just need to spice up your life with a gumbo. Try making a squirrel gumbo, and bring the South into your kitchen.

Feed the whole neighborhood with this recipe. You can now have an annual squirrel stew party! Everyone will look forward to your gumbo of the trees.

Ingredients:

3-4 squirrels; cleaned
1 chicken
2 cups bell pepper; chopped
2 cups celery; chopped
1 qt stewed tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups canned okra
3 tablespoons Creole gumbo filé; or to taste
3/4 cups dark roux (oil and flour)

Pressure cook and debone squirrels and chicken. Save the broth. To make the boiling broth, add bell pepper, celery, onion, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Make roux (using oil and flour in equal parts, in a heavy skillet brown roux) and add to the above mixture, stirring until well blended. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add meat and okra. Season to taste. You may also want to add hot sauce to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes. Just before serving or when serving, add filé‚ to taste. Serve over rice. Serves 15 to 20.

Welcome to New Orleans, game style!

Recipe adapted from Just Game Recipes

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Gumbo of the Trees: Spice up Your Day with Squirrel Gumbo