Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Phil Says "Six More Weeks Of Winter!"


(image source Groundhog.org)
Straight from the Gobbler's Knob, Home of Punxsky Phil...

In case you missed it Punxsutawney Phil says "Wax the skis, 6 more weeks of winter." Last year he said the same thing. Hmm...wonder if he knows any other answer!?! Oh, well, he's still a cutie pie so I guess it's not your fault...you're only the messenger.

So for all of us who are sick of this winter weather...hold tight, only 6 more weeks to go! In lieu of warmer weather anytime soon, I give you again...more recipes for using that groundhog. *grin*

GROUNDHOG AND SWEET POTATOES
Submitted by: TrophyHunter

1 Groundhog
Cold water
Salt
Pepper
Sweet potatoes or white potatoes
Cornbread

The animal should be dressed as soon as possible and well soaked for several hours in cold, salty water. All excess fat may be trimmed off after the meat is cold. Parboil to remove and remaining fat and drain well. Place in a moderate oven and pack sweet potatoes or even white
potatoes all around. Salt and pepper the meat and bake until brown. Be sure the potatoes are thoroughly cooked. Serve with cornbread and use the heavy gravy that forms during baking.

Stewed Groundhog (or raccoon)
Submitted by: Cliff Lowe

1 groundhog, cleaned, skinned, head removed
1 tablespoon salt
1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
5 large carrots, peeled and cut in slices
3 potatoes, peeled and cut up as desired
Salt and freshly milled pepper to taste

Cut groundhog (or 'Coon) into pieces. Place in a large pot. Cover with water, add 1 tablespoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to hard simmer and simmer for 1 hour. Remove meat from water. Place pieces in a large roasting pan (or tear the meat from the bones and cook just the meat) along with 2 cups of the water in which the beast was cooked. Cook for 40 minutes. Add onion, carrot and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, cover and bake another 20 minutes or until vegetables are done. Remove vegetables to a platter, and leave meat in the pan. There should be some liquid in pan with meat. If not, add some of the original cooking water to make about 3/4 cup. Bring quickly to a boil on top of the stove, adjust seasonings and thicken with a little flour dissolved in water. Remove to platter with vegetables and serve hot.

6 comments:

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hummm ... If I'd known you were gonna post these tasty recipes, I would have had my dad "harvest" that old coon we spotted out back last night ....
Mrs.B

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Too funny~ I think I will stick to Groundhog Chili tonight. I am not so sure about coon~tehee!

Domestic Goddess said...

Yummy... I like a good groundhog recipe. I've been sending the boys out hunting rabbits for some stew. I never thought about the groundhogs!
I do have a coonhound but she doesn't hunt...She doesn't get off the porch to pee when it's raining either. Now that the cats aren't in the house anymore, she's treeing mice behind the furniture. She's got it right.. howl howl spin and point. My Hubby is humiliated.

Rachel said...

HaHa! :D Well, I'm not sure if my family would appreciate groundhog on the menu. ;D Lol!

I don't know if you follow the Gooseberry Patch cookbook blog, but they have a contest thing right now that if you send in a photo of yourself with a favorite GBP recipe, then you can enter to win one of their 4 new cookbooks. I know you have one of them already, but didn't know if you had any of the other 3...so thought I'd let you in on it in case you were interested. :)

All I have to do is figure out which one I want to enter! ;D Haha!

Have a Blessed Day!
~Miss Rachel~

Rachel said...

Oh, sorry, here's the link! ;D

http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com/blog/2010/02/new-contest-starts-tomorrow.html

Blessings!
~Miss Rachel~

Keeper of our Home said...

Hey Rachel,
Thanks for thinking of me on this. I will certainly check it out.

~Mrs. M