The Possum Cookbook
Table of Contents
I know of several
ways to catch a possum. Perhaps the easiest is to simply drive around for
a while in your truck. The problem will soon resolve itself.
Much more fun, however, is to take your dogs and shotgun, and go into the woods and hunt one down. The advantage to this method is that you don't have to scrape the possum off the pavement. The disadvantage is that you do have to worry about shotgun pellets in the meat.
(OUCH! Dadgum it! There went my best tooth!)
Not to mention that a shotgun blast can really mess up the hide, which makes it a lot harder for the taxidermist.
It is also possible to set traps to catch a possum, but this method is notoriously unreliable. Possums like to stay in the trees, and you're much more likely to catch something else.
(Hey, Ed! There's something in the trap! See them bushes moving? Let's see what it is! . . . OH, $#&@! IT'S A SKUNK!!)
Another thing you might want to take into consideration is that possums are scavengers. They eat anything. If a possum is in the road, chances are he's there looking for lunch. Therefore, it's best to catch them alive if at all possible and feed them corn for a few days to clean them out real good before eating them. You just don't know whose garbage they've been into. After all, you wouldn't want to eat something that's been eating Aunt Edna's leftovers, would you? You know, she's the one who brings that stuff that nobody ever touches to the family reunion.
(Hey, man, what IS that stuff? I think it's still alive!)
Possums are also notoriously hard to kill, and they, well, play possum if they feel threatened. (That's why they're called possums!) I remember hearing about someone who had a possum get in his garage one time. He was real mad about something, and having a possum rooting around in his garage making a mess just made it worse, so he took after that thing with a shovel. The possum never had a chance. He did have to chop its head off to make sure it was dead; otherwise they just get up and walk off. It was real strange; right after he beheaded the possum, lightning or something struck the garage, blowing out all the lightbulbs and giving him quite a shock. (If you don't get the joke here, don't worry.)
Please note that we're talking about the North American opossum here. There is a species of possum (spelled without the leading "o") native to Australia which is endangered. It is strictly illegal to hunt, trap, or kill an Australian possum. However, this same species is reportedly a nuisance in New Zealand, so if you see one there. . . bon appetit!
Of course, if you take this page seriously anyway... you might be a redneck.
That ought to get
you started. Now, on to the recipes...
1 Still breathing, corn-fed Possum
3 Ripe but firm tomatoes
1 Large white or yellow onion
1/2 pound large mushrooms
2 large green peppers
1 package meat marinade
1/2 cup soy sauce
12 skewers (sticks are okay in Arkansas)
The possum must be alive so that you can scare it, giving you the "wild" taste from all the adrenaline it produces. It is best to hit it over the head with a large object in a humane manner. Boil the possum for 3 minutes to loosen the fur then skin and gut it.
De-limb (chop the little knubby legs off) the possum and cut the meat into 1/2 inch square chunks.
Marinate overnight in a mixture of meat marinade and soy sauce. Kentucky residents who have no fridge can use an ice chest and may use radiator coolant instead of soy sauce.
Thread the meat and veggies onto your skewer/stick in alternating sequences to distribute the delicious flavor evenly.
Cook over a barbecue, pit, 50 gallon drum or any other fire till you get the desired result. For added flavor, you can cook it over burning tires.
8 sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sugar
First, catch a possum.
This in itself is excellent entertainment on a moonlight night. Skin the
possum and remove the head and feet. Be sure to wash it thoroughly. Freeze
overnight either outside or in a refrigerator.
3 shots gin or moonshine
1 pie crust
sliced carrots & cabbage to taste
Cover a pan (or any
implement you can put in a fire) with the bottom of your pie crust, and
place the possum in it. Add the huckleberries and carrots, and shred the
cabbage over it. Close up the pie and bake until the neighbors' dogs come
sniffing around to see what the wonderful smell is, or until the fire department
arrives (whichever comes first). Remove pie from fire/oven, slice, and
1 cup mayonnaise
8 cups pig fat
2 cups buttermilk
2 fresh green peppers
Slice green peppers
and mix ingredients in a large bowl(exclude possum). Cut possum into chunks
or thin strips. Mix possum chunks into bowl. Transfer contents of bowl
into a casserole dich and bake under 350 degrees for two hours. Remove
from oven, let sit for half an hour, and serve. ENJOY!!
Ridgey Didge Possum Roll
5 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery
2 tbs cold pressed olive oil
1 clump italian parsley
1 tbs fresh rosemary
5 bay leaves
2 tbs Vegemite
1 damper (like a hot dog roll)
Note: As mentioned previously, there is a species of possum which is protected in Australia. They cannot be trapped, shot or hunted. If you run over an Australian possum, and it is still alive, call WIRES, which protects Australia's native fauna.
If it's dead, then this recipe may serve a purpose.
First, skin the possum,
checking first for lice, myxomitosis, and living young in the pouch.Separate
legs from breast. Discard head, neck, tail and claws. If you wish, hold
the offal for thanksgiving stuffing. Then cut the possum into long sringy
To serve: like a hot dog, use the damper & vegemite roll to surround pieces of possum.
Serve with chips, salad and beer.
Recipe by Holly and Chloe Bennett, Cootamundra, Australia
Donated by Pat
three cans of cooked tomatoes
1/2 thickly sliced warthog meat(mainly for flavor)
a big bag of pasta noodles (any redneck kind will do)
salt and pepper
1/2 possum (other 1/2 can be used for breakfast possum-omlettes)
Fry bacon in big
gramma kettle, over mid. size fire, then fry possum in the grease till
golden brown. Take the meat out, then add enough water to pot to fill 2/3
way and then boil noodles. Once cooked add both things of tomatoes to kettle
and meat and add enough salt and pepper to old granny's taste. Cook all
together for a bout 1 hour simmering over low fire to sautee.
3 onions chopped
1 pound sausage
2 red peppers chopped
3 squirrels, cut into pieces
1 cup tea
1/4 can Copenhagen
Chop up everything
(be sure to skin the 'dillo) set it on the fire (or stove, if ya wanna
be fancy) let it boil until the dogs howl. Eat with regard to the bones
and serve with cheese (not green) and more onions. This is actually a recipe
my cousins taught me how to cook. It is actually edible.
1 tsp.-1 cup Chili Powder (Depends on Taste and possum)
1 Large possum or 3 small (If you ran over the possums better make it 4)
1 large pot or two large ones if the first isn't enough.
5-10 chili peppers (depends on taste and possum)
5-10 red peppers (depends on taste and possum)
5-10 jalapenio peppers (depends on taste and possum)
How ever much Cayenne Pepper you like, it depends on your taste and possum.
1 tsp. Black Pepper
a pinch of salt
Chili Beans for extra flavor
And whatever other ingredients that are hot and spicy you would like to add.
1. Skin possum(s)
Serving size of Meal-depends
on how much you put in and the possum.
2. Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper, and garlic. Some folks also like onion.
3. Run over it one more time to mix the spices in thoroughly.
4. Contact your mental health professional and inform him of what you're about to do.
Servings per container: Depends on the possum
Amount per serving:Depends on the possum
Calories: Depends on the possum
Total fat: At least three times the U.S. RDA.
Sodium: Depends on the possum
Total carbohydrate: Depends on the possum
on the possum
Disclaimer: The author of this page cannot be held responsible for any injuries, indigestion, vomiting, mild intestinal disorders, alienated friends and relatives, or P.O.'d animal rights groups resulting from the use of these recipes.