recipe for groundhog cooked with spicebush

“This is a recipe that my Mother-in-law taught me how to cook ground hog.

Dress and cut it up. Put in pot, then bring to boil.* Break up spicewood branches, and put in pot with meat. Boil until the meat is tender. Remove; then salt and pepper; then roll in flour; put in 1/2 cup shortening, preferably bacon grease. Then put in oven and bake until it is brown.

Mrs. Ennis Ownby”

from Mountain Makin’s in the Smokies, published by the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, 1957.

*(“boil” is old-talk for simmer.)


5 Comments on “recipe for groundhog cooked with spicebush”

  1. Missus says:

    For a minute I tried to imagine your particular mother-in-law teaching you to cook groundhog. Bwahahahaha.

  2. Caitlin says:

    Me, too! I thought “wow, both of your mothers have cooked groundhog…”

  3. Emilie says:

    I had the same thought and cackle/giggle, the leader that comes to me email contained almost everything but the byline.

  4. Meghan says:

    We’d like some more from you, sir.

  5. Will Huenink says:

    Davy Davy Dumpling
    Boil him in a pot
    Sugar him and butter him
    And eat him while he’s hot.

    I’ll see what I can do.


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