Have a few nutty pests harassing your backyard bird feeder? Or maybe you’ve had more luck with your little critter targets this hunting season? Either way, put those little squirrels to good use in an extremely tasty stew. Extremely versatile, this stew is delicious even if you’d rather sub out the squirrel for rabbit or chicken. You can swap out the white wine for red wine, the cider vinegar for red vinegar, add your favorite sausage, and use whatever greens you love best. It will still come out amazing.
To maximize the flavors, be sure to add the ingredients step by step. And if you have any notes, be sure to leave a comment for other chefs to try.
- 3 squirrels (cut into serving sized pieces)
- salt for seasoning
- flour for dusting
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 cups onion (sliced)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste (heaping)
- 1 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dried savory or oregano (heaping)
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp paprika (heaping)
- 2 or 3 large tomatoes (peeled and torn into large pieces)
- 1 pound smoked sausage, kielbasa or linguica (bite-sized)
- 1 pound greens, kale, chard, collards, wild greens, etc.
- 1 quart water
- Chile pepper (to taste)
- Vinegar (to taste)
- Salt the squirrel pieces well and then dust in flour.
- Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy, lidded pot over medium-high heat.
- Brown the pieces of squirrel in batches. Make sure you don't overcrowd the pot. Move the browned pieces to a plate as they are cooked. Once the squirrels are browned, remove them all from the pot.
- Add the onions to the pot. Saute the onion until the edges just begin to brown. Around 6-8 minutes.
- Add the garlic. Cook another minute.
- Add the tomato paste. Mix well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir often.
- Pour in the white wine, vinegar, and water. Add the savory, red pepper flakes, and paprika. Add the tomatoes. Add the squirrel. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
- Add salt to taste and cook gently until the squirrel falls off the bone. Around 90 minutes.
- Take out the squirrel pieces and pull the meat off the bone. Return the meat to the pot.
- Add the smoked sausage and the greens and cook until the greens are done.
- Add salt, black pepper, chile, and vinegar to taste.