Jamie Oliver Squirrel Recipes - Would You Eat Squirrel?
On today's Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night TV programme, they looked at cooking squirrel meat - and tried some squirrel meat recipes. In the UK there is an abundance of grey squirrels, which are a pest. A few people are already cooking and selling squirrel meat, including one chap selling Squirrel Pies!
Wild meat has been increasingly popular over the last 10 years and in the show they visited four chefs at top restaurants in the UK to see if they'd be prepared to put squirrel meat on their menus. There were four restaurants that developed a squirrel recipe and made it, then they all tasted them all. Looking at the results I'd have eaten any of them!
- Chef one was Martin at the first Peruvian restaurant in the UK, he already cooks wild meat and would be prepared to consider it.
- Next was the Cinnamon Club, Rakesh - they serve game and unusual meats - could he make a squirrel tandoori? He was asked if squirrel's cooked in India and he said they don't cook squirrels there as a rule.
- Next, the Golden Fleece, Dan Morley - he created a recipe of squirrel meat in wraps.
- Then it was Jamie who sweated off leeks, slow cooked the squirrel, added mascarpone cheese and flaked the meat off. He usually uses rabbit in that recipe.
Then they wondered "would the customers buy it"? So they all put their recipes on their menus for a month to see. Of the four restaurants, two sold out - and sales of squirrel dishes went well on all four menus.
If you fancy it and are wondering where can you buy squirrel meat in the UK, then they said John Mettrick supplies it at John Mettrick Butchers through their shops and website at mettricksbutchers.co.uk - they have three shops, at Glossop SK13, Hadfield SK13 and Stalybridge SK15 - all in the Derbyshire/Greater Manchester area - or they operate a UK-wide delivery service.
How much does squirrel meat cost? Good question, so I checked but couldn't find a price, or squirrel in stock, right now - obviously squirrel is seasonal and he's sold out. They were selling squirrel pie just five days ago at one of their shops, so they've not stopped it, it's still popular. A homemade Squirrel Pie currently costs £1.55.
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