Roast Squirrel with Squash, Sage & Hazelnuts Recipe
This Roast squirrel with squash, sage & hazelnuts recipe is such a simple and delicious way to cook squirrel. This recipe also works really well with rabbit, pheasant or even chicken.
10 Mins 1 Hour EasyServes 2
Image: Andrew Montgomery
2 thick slices of butternut squash (about 250g)
1 oven-ready squirrel (about 250g, jointed on the bone), or 4 pheasant or 2 chicken thighs on the bone, or 1 small rabbit (jointed)
1 garlic bulb, halved around its circumference
1 handful of sage leaves
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons whole hazelnuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Place the squash slices in a medium roasting tray and arrange the squirrel (or pheasant, chicken or rabbit) pieces around it. Nestle in the two halves of the garlic bulb, then sage leaves and bay leaves, and then scatter over the hazelnuts.
Drizzle over the olive oil and season everything well with salt and pepper.
Place the tray in the oven and roast for 45–60 minutes, turning the squirrel pieces once during this time, until the squash is cooked and the squirrel is tender. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the meat to rest for 4–5 minutes.
Divide the squirrel meat and squash evenly between two plates, along with a few cloves of the tender, roasted garlic. Serve straight away. (Or bring the roasting tin to the table and eat it straight from the tin).
This is such a simple and delicious way to cook squirrel. I’d recommend it to anyone, especially if you like getting hands-on with your food. This is the sort of dish I’d share with a friend, straight from the roasting tin, all salty fingers and smiles, with a good bottle of red wine. The meat is surprisingly tender and responds so well to the high heat of the oven. The pumpkin, sage and nuts are perfect with the squirrel, making this an ultimate autumn dish. This recipe also works really well with rabbit, pheasant or even chicken.
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