Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Whistle Pig Report, 2008


Well, dangit, the day broke bright and sunny here in the Ozarks, which means any whistle pig/ground hog so inclined to creep out of its' burrow on a 20 degree morning will see his shadow upon the crusty hard snow that remains around here.
No hope 'til late March.

I've been tracking the Feb. 2nd magic date ever since I moved here and I've found the old wives tale to be somewhat accurate-even without hunting down the old wife to verify.

If it's cloudy on the 2nd, temps begin to moderate and warm about 1 to 2 weeks after that day, by the end of February, the daffodils are already in full bloom around here and the greening has begun.

Bright and sunny- wretched weather and temps follow. Some more snow, sleet, cold hard rains and general ickiness well into March. We might have daffodils after St. Pat's Day...if the ground thaws enough.
Damn groundhog!

So in honor of the dire prediction, let's have some roasted whistle pig! (And don't drive angry!)

GROUNDHOG AND SWEET POTATOES

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

The animal should be dressed as soon as possible, all scent glands removed 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.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cookie..... said...

Dayammmn...I should steal that thar recipe' frum ya Missy....

Hmmmph....givin the old Cookie some cookin competition huh???

2/02/2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Be my guest, Cookie...I stole it, too!
; )

Removal of the scent glands in the armpits/legpits (?) is a must! And don't skimp on the soak time, either...trust me.I'd go as long as overnite. These guys are nasty to the nth! But done correctly they make for a good 'hard times' meal-which the way things are going- may be handy to know.

2/02/2008 10:53 AM  
Blogger Cookie..... said...

Yupper...only cooked one once...about 25 years back. THAT WAS ENUFF!!! I was just funnin ya...

Like ya said....a "hard times meal"...

2/02/2008 3:56 PM  

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