In this article, you will learn facts and tips about possums and possum recipes.
This is a serious article meant for hunters and survivalists alike. For many, possum may not be at the top of your food choice; in fact, it may be near the bottom.
However, if you can easily hunt a possum over other animals, you should know some recipes to make it taste good. This is also just generally good knowledge to have.
In the military, you are not taught to kill possums for fun, but instead, because they are one of the few animals in the wild that a man can catch with his bare hands.
There are many methods to catch possums and things you’ll want to know before cooking possum.
So, let’s jump into the best possum recipes!
In This Article
- How to Clean Possum
- Things You Should Know Before Cooking
- Top 5 Best Possum Recipes
- 1. Mothman Possum Stew Recipe
- 2. Wild Possum Kabob
- 3. Roasted Sassafras Possum
- 4. Possum Pot Pie Recipe
- 5. Australian Possum Roll
- Last Words
How to Clean Possum
Possums and Opossums are definitely more difficult to hunt or trap than rabbits, but it can be done. There are several methods, but the cleanest is to snap the neck with a sharp tool. You must also use a slingshot, bow and arrow, or rifle.
After the possum is dead, it would be best to remove its head, tail, feet, knees, and finally the skin and some fat.
You can skin similar to a rabbit. You have to flip it upside down and start cutting at the feat until you can pull the skin down and then keep cutting and pulling and cut the end.
Now, you’ll have to cut off nice chunks of meat and wash those with some running water.
Things You Should Know Before Cooking
There are a couple of things you should know about possums before cooking it. Like, what possum tastes like, eating possum safely, possums and diseases, and how to prepare to cook possum.
First, what does a possum taste like? It depends on how you cook it and your toppings for your possum recipe.
But if I compare it with different types of meats, it tastes like mini lamb shanks. It has a rich flavor with a good amount of fat.
Second, how to eat possums safely? Let’s face it; possums eat a lot of unhealthy crap that is very unhealthy for us.
However, if it is properly cooked, it will be edible no matter what the possum ate. But, if it did eat something really nasty, you may have a little aftertaste, even if you cooked it well.
Thirdly, do possums have diseases? Some of them carry diseases in their urine and feces, which you shouldn’t eat anyway. Cleaning and cooking them well should clean it out, so it will be safe to eat.
Finally, how do you prepare to cook possums? This is a critical point, and you should do this before cooking.
Let the skinned possum hang for several hours then, let it scald for about half an hour, then, if possible, place it in your refrigerator for a couple of hours before cooking.
Top 5 Best Possum Recipes
Finally, we get to the good part. You’ll learn some of the best American cookbook possum recipes.
1. Mothman Possum Stew Recipe
For the first recipe, we have Mothman Possum Stew, a classic possum recipe!
What you need for Mothman Possum Stew
- A possum, cut into multiple pieces
- Cooking oil (whatever you like best)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- A medium onion, sliced
- 4 carrots, cut into medium-sized slices
- A small can of whole kernel corn
- A can of whole tomatoes
- A bell pepper sliced
- 2 zucchini cut into medium-sized pieces
- 1/2 head cabbage cut into medium pieces
- 8 ounces of tomato juice
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 10 drops Tabasco
- Salt and pepper for the taste
- 5 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into medium sizes
How to cook Mothman Possum Stew
First, add all the ingredients except for the potatoes, cabbage, pepper, and zucchini into your stew.
Then, cover and simmer what you have for about half an hour. Next, add the rest of the ingredients, and simmer for another 15 minutes. Enjoy!
2. Wild Possum Kabob
Next, we have the possum kabob, much like the one in the initial image.
What you need for Wild Possum Kabob
- An alive corn-fed Possum
- 3 ripe and firm tomatoes
- A large white onion
- 1/2 pound of mushrooms
- 2 green peppers
- A package meat marinade
- 1/2 cup soy sauce and 12 skewers (sticks are okay)
How to cook Wild Possum Kabob
This is a special possum recipe, so that you will need an alive possum for this one. Alive possums usually taste better because you never know what a possum has eaten, so cleaning out its system with corn will purify its taste.
Prep the possum by skinning, gutting, and cleaning it. De-limb the possum and cut the meat into 1/2 inch chunks.
Marinate the possum overnight in a mixture of meat marinade and soy sauce. Split the possum meat and vegetables onto your skewer/stick in alternating sequences to distribute the delicious flavors.
Cook over a barbecue fire until you get the desired result. Enjoy!
By the way, a ton of these recipes can be used on squirrels as well. Learn if you can eat squirrels here.
3. Roasted Sassafras Possum
What recipe list wouldn’t be completed without tender roasted sassafras? That’s a rhetorical question, this main dish is a must-have! So, how do you make the roasted sassafras possum recipe?
What you need for Roasted Sassafras Possum
- A skinned and cut-up possum
- 3 cups sliced carrots
- 6 cups onions or ramps, quartered
- 6 cups potatoes, quartered
- Clove garlic minced
- A can cream of mushroom or celery soup
- A cup flour
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cups of water
- Salt pepper
How to cook Roased Sassafras Possum
First, brown the possum in grease in an ovenproof iron pot, then remove unwanted pieces. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and then bake with a baked cover at 350F° for about an hour and a half. Enjoy!
4. Possum Pot Pie Recipe
Next up, we have possum pie, much like chicken pot pie, but better. You have to try possum pot pie, it’s the best thing.
What you need for Possum Pot Pie
- A possum
- 3 shots gin or moonshine
- 1 pie crust sliced carrots and cabbage for taste
- Optional: whipped cream, cream cheese, or chocolate pudding
How to cook Possum Pot Pie
First, you’ll need a preheat oven. Then, cover a pan with the bottom of your pie crust, and place the boiled or baked possum in it. Add the huckleberries and carrots, and shred the cabbage over it. Remove pie from fire/oven and then slice. Enjoy!
5. Australian Possum Roll
Finally, we have a traditional Aussie dish, the Australian Possum Roll.
What you need for the Australian Possum Roll
- A prepped possum
- 5 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 5 onions
- 2 cloves garlic
- 5 carrots
- 1 stalk celery
- 2 turnips
- 3 tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil
- 1 clump Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoons of fresh rosemary
- 5 bay leaves
- 3 cloves
- A damper
How to cook Australian Possum Roll
Your possum should be prepped, which means skinned, cut, cleaned, and perhaps boiled.
Marinate overnight in bay leaf, vinegar, rosemary, clove, garlic, and oil mixture. Now, to make the roll, split the damper, and spread vegemite on each side.
Chop the carrot, turnip, and tomato into smaller pieces, and cook it with the rest of the ingredients in a pot. Maybe adding a chicken stock cube for seasoning. Dip the possum pieces in the pot, then barbecue for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed these five possum recipes! Possum will provide you with great nutritional value, giving you various minerals like iron, vitamins, and a lot of protein and fat.